Why the Greco-Romans?

Figs in Winter
8 min readMay 17, 2024

The ultimate answer to the question: why do we care about people from over two millennia ago?

Life in Ancient Rome, image from pedro-mundodebabel.blogspot.com, under CC license.

Why on earth did I end up devoting so much time of my life to the ancient Greco-Romans? Some would say that this was the predictable endpoint of a trend. After all, my first academic career was in science (evolutionary biology), which is “obviously” useful. Then I moved…