There's no one more purely intellectual than the ancient Greeks and Romans. From Plato's "Republic" to Homer's "Odyssey" to the perfectly formed, perfectly white marble statues of the ancient world, the whole culture embodies a purity of mind rarely achieved since. Except, of course, for the fact that Plato was famous for getting down and dirty as a wrestler, "Odyssey" is kind of a mind-trip into phantasmagorical weirdness, and all those pure white statues? They were actually more colorful than a Jimi Hendrix album cover.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas November 7, 2018
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