"The venerable Mary Beard, whom I love, not only for her books but also her television programmes, and the fact that all that bullshit about presenters having to be groomed clones, is beneath her, invited me to contribute to a debate on ‘The Future of Latin’ at the British Museum. So how did it go?"
In a quest to make concrete more durable and sustainable, a UC Berkeley-led team of geologists and engineers has found inspiration in the ancient Romans, whose massive concrete structures have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years.
When the western powers began their imperial expansion, they used their Graeco-Roman patrimony to justify their colonial actions, placing themselves as the defenders of civilisation against oriental barbarism.
Classics Collective's insight:
The article describe Classics as almost a religion, and classical work a bible, for British Imperialists and modern American interventionalists. Rightly or wrongly, the British then and the recent American used knowledge and ideas held by Classical authors to guide their understanding of foreign world, thus the study of Classics is important to understand too the mindset of our recent ancestors.
Last night was the last of the three events I've been "curating" with the British Museum: a debate entitled "Does Latin have a Future". The reason for this is obvious. Here we have a hugely successful exhibition on Pompeii and...