Since I was in elementary school, I have been fascinated by ancient civilizations. I remember my favorite childhood computer game - which I would play for hours and hours - was Sid Meier's Civilization II. As I grew older, my interests wandered elsewhere until my senior year in high school, when a philosophy teacher introduced me to Homer and Plato. As I entered university, I had discovered a set of questions which I could tirelessly ponder with joy. Naturally, these questions were about antiquity:
- How did the ancient mind think? The ancient Greeks believed that in the harmonies of music one can discern a microcosm of the laws of the universe! What a fascinating idea and yet how foreign to our ears.
- Who were the Hebrews? Who were the Greeks? Who were the Romans? Who were the Christians?
- What should moderns recover that the ancients once knew and practiced? I have an inclination that despite his technology and material comforts, modern man has lost the vision of beauty, justice and design that sustained the ancient soul.