A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and
making them see the light but rather because its opponents eventually die
and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.—max planck,
Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, 1949
In the later chapters of this book that have focused on recent transcultural
interest in classical studies, I may have given the impression that the Broad
Oswyn Murray in his almost canonical Early Greece has accepted the work of
Martin West and Walter Burkert. However, it is still the case that, as West
wrote about an earlier stage, ‘‘they [the Hellenists] have shown themselves
increasingly tolerant of oriental comparisons, if not particularly active in
investigating the oriental literatures for themselves.’’
A superficial survey I made of the five hundred–odd books on Greece
reviewed over the past ten years in thewidely read electronic BrynMawrClas-
sical Review indicated that slightly more than half of the books on Greece
were concerned with the traditional twin staples of Homer and the Classi-
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