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Three Millennia of Greek Literature
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( 19th - 20th c. A.D. )

Ein Wehn im Gott

Oscar Wilde
When 'gan the West to burn

Averroes' ideal

Perfection dans tous les ordres

Sailing to Byzantium (1927)
Byzantium (1930)

Let Us Build Our Life

Virginia Woolf
They sang from trees in the meadow of life
The most modern thing you ever saw
Aeschylus translated brings despair

T. S. Eliot
The historical sense

   He mounted to the parapet again and gazed out over Dublin bay, his fair oakpale hair stirring slightly.
- God! he said quietly. Isn't the sea what Algy calls it: a great sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea. Epi oinopa ponton [To the sea that looks like wine]. Ah, Daedalus, the Greeks! I must teach you. You must read them in the original. Thalatta! Thalatta! [The Sea! The Sea!] She is our great sweet mother. Come and look.(...)
   God, Kinch, if you and I could only work together we might do something for the island. Hellenise it.
James Joyce, Ulysses

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