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Saturday, December 15, 2001

Arts & Letters

A Note on Seth Benardete and greekworks.com


When we decided to launch greekworks.com, one of the very first people we approached for our inaugural issue was Seth Benardete. After a long discussion on, among other things, an appropriate subject for him to write about, he decided on a short essay on the classical scholar A. E. Housman. Sadly, this piece appears to be the last one he wrote before his death on November 14, 2001.

We agreed on the subject because of all the recent hype that had surrounded Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, but Benardete refused to relate his understanding of Housman to Stoppard’s depiction, which he considered superficial and misconceived. After he wrote the article, we talked about getting together to go over certain points, but it never happened, and the essay remains as it was given to me in early August. Short as it might be, it begins to articulate brilliantly the image of Housman the poet and Housman the classical scholar.

In addition to being a co-founder of greekworks.com, Stelios Vasilakis is a classical philologist and a former associate of the Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism.
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