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Posted December 27, 2013
A good review, but could have been much more...
Starting with thought provoking introduction on the future of classical studies, this book is primarily an interesting collection of book reviews. Beard's introduction on classical studies was based on quite a bit of qualitative information and references, and worth of more thorough analysis. For example, how many classical studies majors are awarded now compared to 20 or 50 years ago, what would be an objective measure of the quality of those students and their work? With the growth of new fields over the past 200 or so years from astrochemistry to nuclear physics it is clear some of the older fields will attract a smaller proportion of new graduates. But what is not clear is the impact of new educational trends such as STEM who's goal is to focus study on specific fields.
That note aside, I found it a good source to build my winter reading list.
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