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Crime, Blair, Game of Thrones, Hedge Funds, Research, Money, Greece



The Greek Way: Edith Hamilton wrote this book in 1930 to explain the influence of the Greeks on modern civilization to her contemporaries. With the passage of time, it's a good look at how people thought in 1930, framed in reference to our common cultural inheritance of the Greeks. Some of the references require Googling, but some have held up surprisingly well—Aristophanes really did sound a bit like Gilbert and Sullivan, just with more confidence that he had unlimited permission to poke fun at his contemporaries as long as the jokes landed. (It's also a reminder that some jokes will never go out of style: she, too, plays the trick of vaguely describing an international conflict in a way that makes it sound like a reference to British/German relations before revealing that—surprise!—she's really retelling the backstory to the Peloponnesian War. This trick still works.)

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