Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boris Johnson and Mary Beard: Greece vs. Rome

Boris Johnson became the Prime Minister of the UK yesterday. This brought to mind the Intelligence Squared Debate: Greece vs. Rome, in which Johnson made the case for the superiority of Greek culture and Mary Beard the superiority of Rome culture. Though Beard won the debate, Johnson acquitted himself well. How many heads of state can begin a speech by quoting the opening lines of the Iliad in Greek?

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