I think I mentioned that I have finished the Primer on Greek Literature.
The last chapter was on the Decadence. It was depressing. I did go back and read some of the primary literature from the earlier period (e.g., Demosthenes’ On the Crown, 330 B.C.), but I can’t stop thinking of the Decadence (~300-30 B.C.). Perhaps it’s because the World Out There keeps being decadent. IDK, maybe it’s just me.
Under the rule of Alexander’s Successors these new cities in Asia could not have the true life of old Greek cities, of which the soul was political independence. But in outward things they were Greek. Greek was the language generally spoken. Greek books were read and written. …
This civilization, Greek in its general character, but pervading people not exclusively Greek by race, is properly called Hellenism, which means, — not ‘being Hellenes’ or Greek, but– ‘doing like Hellenes;’ and as the adjective answering to Hellas is Hellenic, so the adjective answering to Hellenism is Hellenistic.
That’s from the introductory paragraphs to the Hellenistic literature.
The Hellenic literature was original; the Hellenistic literature was derivative.
I don’t like to do this because it is unseemly and unbecoming, but SNORT.
Hey! Americanistic screenwriters! I’m looking at you! I want to see Urban CowGirl on the small screen. Let’s all dress up in our jeans and hats and… . Aw Crap. We can’t ride mechanical bulls. Too dangerous. But it was funny 40 years ago.
We watched Rio Bravo this evening. An American film.
Daughter C and the J-Man made Green Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup for supper. It was amazing. Perfect for the movie. Thanks, guys!