Roger Sandall: ‘Plato Vs. Grand Theft Auto’

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Sandall has Plato and Aristotle weigh in on Grand Theft Auto:

‘In ancient Greece dramatic recitation was an essential part of Greek education, and this involved acting roles and representing characters before other children. Moreover, if some of Eric A. Havelock’s argument in Preface to Plato is accepted, in those days most Greeks were still semi-literate at best, and in an oral culture continual recitation was how information was remembered and passed on: the works of Hesiod and Homer amounted to encyclopaedias, in poetic form, of all that the Hellenic peoples had learnt and known and done.’

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Some discussion of Plato:  Repost: From the Cambridge Companion To Plato-T.H. Irwin’s “Plato: The intellectual Background’Bryan Magee Via Youtube: ‘Martha Nussbaum On Aristotle’

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