To have to spend one’s time with the poets, in all their number and excellence…


To have to spend one’s time with the poets, in all their number and excellence, but especially with Homer, the most admirable and godlike of poets, and to come to understand not only his words but his mind and outlook – that indeed is an enviable thing! – Socrates

                                                                      Plato, Ion, 530b-c

Another translation:

…the necessity of being conversant with a number of good poets, and especially with Homer, the best and divinest poet of all, and of apprehending his thought and not merely learning off his words, is a matter for envy; since a man can never be a good rhapsode without understanding what the poet says.
ἅμα δὲ ἀναγκαῖον εἶναι ἔν τε ἄλλοις ποιηταῖς διατρίβειν πολλοῖς
καὶἀγαθοῖς καὶ δὴ καὶ μάλιστα ἐν Ὁμήρῳ, τῷ ἀρίστῳ καὶ θειοτάτῳ τῶν
ποιητῶν, καὶτὴν τούτου διάνοιαν  ἐκμανθάνειν, μὴ μόνον τὰ ἔπη, ζηλωτόν
ἐστιν. οὐ γὰρ ἂν γένοιτό ποτεἀγαθὸς ῥαψῳδός, εἰ μὴ συνείη τὰ λεγόμενα
ὑπὸ τοῦ ποιητοῦ.

Do you agree?

Previous education in America and abroad used to include Homer in education of the young. Now it no longer exists. Our youth are now less moral than ever, less courageous, less informed, less learned in the arts, and clueless. Could teaching Homer rescue our civilization again? I think so.

We need to bring back Homer to our schools. We need to teach Latin and Ancient Greek again as we used to. It will bring pride back to our children and our citizens.

Homer is sufficient for everybody.

ἅλις πάντεσσιν Ὅμηρος

Theocritus, Idylls 16.20; Χάριτες ἢ Ἱέρων


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