Homer and Ovid are dead. Such has been the case for some time now. Aristophanes, Strabo, Herodotus, Apollonius, Euripides and Sophocles – all long-deceased. Cicero, Livy, Plinies both Elder and Younger, Caesar, Frontinus, Cornelius Nepos, Tacitus and Sallust – not one of them reads or replies to correspondence these days.
Still alive and accessible, of course, are their writings (some of them, at least) and the locations they looked upon, the seas they navigated and the climate in which they wrote and lived.
In the coming 11 weeks or so (with a couple of weeks off at home in Bristol UK…
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