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Intellectuals and Race: Part II

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 9:37 AM
Greek cultural influence remained dominant over the Levant, through Byzantium, for 1000 years after Rome fell to the barbarian tribes. It is because of scholars working in the Greek tradition that such things as Roman law were transmitted to western Europeans in the mid- and late- Middle Ages and especially during the Renaissance. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle laid the foundation for western philosophy, and despite the importance of Jerome's translation, Greek remains the core language of New Testament scholarship. Greek influence may have been "soft" but it was more durable than that of Rome.

Editor's note: This is Part II in a series. Part I can be found here.

Once we recognize that large differences in achievement among races, nations and civilizations have been the rule, not the exception, throughout recorded history, there is at least some hope of rational thought -- and perhaps even some constructive efforts to help everyone advance.

Even such a British patriot as Winston Churchill said, "We owe London to Rome" -- an acknowledgement that Roman conquerors created Britain's most famous city, at a time when the ancient Britons were incapable of doing so themselves.

No one who...