Wading through another strange item from Greek Reporter (Australia Urged To Promote Greek
Language) I was about to hit the ‘delete’ button when my caerulean gaze landed upon this sentence:
Australians need to once more think of themselves as Nietzsche’s charioteers, because Greek really matters.
… a little poking around located the origin of this phrase in Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy … here it is in translation (translation by Ian Johnston … section 15):
Before we could recognize this fact, before we convincingly established the innermost dependence of every art on the Greeks, from Homer right up to Socrates, we had to treat these Greeks as the Athenians treated Socrates. Almost every era and cultural stage has at some point sought in an profoundly ill-tempered frame of mind to free itself of the Greeks, because in comparison with the Greeks, all their own achievements, apparently fully original…
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