Saturday, 14 January 2017
"'...who really mattered more in the long-term course of events, the Greeks or the Persians?'" (p. 15)
I am not sure that we need to make such a comparative judgment? The Persians influenced post-Exilic Judaism and thus early Christianity but I do not put that in the same category as Greek contributions to language, literature, philosophy, science, mathematics and politics. Anderson discusses Cyrus the Great's significance in "Brave To Be A King."
Amspaugh's example of moral judgment is:
"'Was it right, was it desirable that Christianity take over Europe, or that it be later faced with such enemies as Mohammedanism and Communism?'" (ibid.)
History happened that way. Does it matter now whether it was desirable? Anderson discusses the influence of monotheism in "Delenda Est." See here. For an alternative view, see here and here.