The Ancient Greek Hero | HarvardX on edX | Course About Video

SPEAKER 1: So is it a matter of
disconnecting then reconnecting? SPEAKER 2: That is a beautiful way of
thinking about it because disconnection isn’t permanent. It’s reconnection that’s permanent. What does the story
really tell that’s so powerful about the
ancient idea of a hero? There is often a surface meaning and
then a meaning underneath the surface. It’s a call for interpretation,
it’s a challenge. In ancient Greek song culture,
the word that means meaning is also the word that
means tomb of a hero. And the meanings all seem to
concentrate on the death of a hero and what happens after the death. And after Socrates is
long dead, his mind is still wandering and seeking
the ultimate contemplation. Wandering for what? To achieve a privileged vantage
point, a special vision. And that process is dialogue. If the word lives by being
constantly reengaged with, then the vitality of these things
that mean more than anything to humans, or should, can go on. And it’s intergenerational, it’s
intercultural and, best of all, it’s potentially eternal.

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