It is always awkward for humanities scholars untrained in the classics to engage classical works, even though they do precisely that with apparent enthusiasm and regularity. We usually start by asking to be forgiven for our ignorance, and then we tend to barge ahead and say whatever we please. On the one hand, it is a good thing that the classics do not belong only to the classicists, that they have wide appeal across the humanities, law, and the social sciences. On the other hand, there is always a sense that the engagement stands in need of correction either because we do not have the classical languages well enough or because we do not know the existing scholarship and go about reinventing the wheel. So here I stand, as it were, between this Scylla and Charybdis, not knowing whether to flagellate myself for my lack of expertise or to cheer...

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