James Porter, Journal of Roman Studies
"A thought-provoking and very readable book, especially in lightof the recent debate regarding the future of the Ancient HistoryA-Level."
Anastasia Bakogianni, Journal of ClassicsTeaching
"This is a terrific book – the fundamental statement wehave long been hoping for, that confronts the European Classicalheritage with the full complexity of its resonance in the age ofglobalization and postmodernity. It is brief, punchy and bright– very learned, but wearing its learning lightly, engaged,committed, always enthusiastic. Settis writes as a great authorityimmersed in the living Classical tradition, yet very sensitive toits swathe of receptions (art historical, architectural, poetic andhistoriographic, as well as literary). He leads us through adazzling and hugely stimulating confrontation with the deep pastsand the futures of the Western tradition."
John Elsner, University of Oxford
"Salvatore Settis seeks a contemporary answer to ArnaldoMomigliano’s question: why study ancient history? In thisdynamic and urgent series of chapters, Settis considers theclassical in a global setting. European culture is seen to bedemarcated by its rhythmic returns to classical civilization as an“elsewhere” of both time and space. Settis placesclassicism under scrutiny as a cultural project, rather thanrevering it as an icon, and argues that, through the classical,myth is absorbed into history. The deep tradition of cycles ofdeath and rebirth unique to European history offers richopportunities for viewing the past as alien, and therefore capableof providing a wider understanding of “otherness.” Thisprovocative text takes nothing for granted."
Elizabeth Cropper, National Gallery of Art