“…We still like to believe in progress, that each generation somehow improves over the one before it…”

“Philologists often dislike, and reject, the idea that the early Iliad was good, and so beloved that great poetic effort were devoted to conserving it with all its archaisms and outmoded armor.  They often prefer a late genius Homer who unified the design and gave subtlety to the characters.  This is because we still like to believe in progress, and that each generation somehow improves over the one before it; so, Homer should be as close to the civilized and lovable Us as we can make him, not some primitive singer of the remotest past … But poetically and archaeologically, early is not always the same as primitive“.
– Emily Vermeule, archaeologist.

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“…We still like to believe in progress, that each generation somehow improves over the one before it…”