In which we rage.
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast! Dr. Johnson, welcome! I’m so excited you are joining us. I really enjoyed the conversation between you and Wesley in the first Classical Mind newsletter and look forward to continuing to learn from you both.
I found the comments on cultural diversity to be very thought provoking. I never considered the stakes or the impact that Greek/Achaean victory verses Trojan victory would have on Western tradition, the Western Canon, and the even the Greek pantheon. The workings of history, whether we see it as a sort of Divine Providence/Fate or a more chaotic sense of chance and might, it feels like all these huge determinations of human culture, learning, growth, suffering, development and loss, all hinge on these fine threads. It’s chilling to consider.
I guess when we reference Asian minor and beyond the Balkan mountains, we’re talking what, Turkish, Turkish, Caucasus, Romanian, Serbians, Bosnians and Croatians? Georgians?
I really appreciate the expansive image that taking a step back and really looking at the geographical context of the narrative brings.
I think the point of grief as a universal language was so painfully beautiful and so true. I also find my respect to Achilles grew exponentially to see him in his interaction with Priam.
And the point about the chariots, oh gosh. I never even caught that 🙈 Authors, take heart. If Homer can get chariots wrong and still have his works read and loved over two thousand years later, there’s hope 😂