|Another lesson from classical Greece, with yours truly.|
Truly, the historical losers never seem to receive justice in history. Perhaps we have a cultural desire to see the winners of history as having a similar culture to our own. But then, we hardly acknowledge the submission of Athens by Macedon and Rome; both had elements of democracy but were dynastic at the core. What did the contemporaries think of their Lacedaemonian rivals, though?
|What's left of Sparta, from the time of Socrates.|
"Sparti in-river-Eurotas-valley flanked-by-Taygetos-mountains"
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One likely result of Lycurgus visiting Delphi was an appropriation of some strong worded Delphic
The temple of Apollo, at Delphi
|"Columns of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece" |
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Being aware and thinking about quotes like this can be useful for a bartender. Aside from creating the appearance that you are the thinking man (or woman), quotes can be a good talking piece. There are a few quotes, such as this one, that stand up to the test of time, though. The reason that quotes like "Know thyself" endure for so long is that they both require a certain level of insight into yourself and the meaning of the proverb, which make them useful to anyone; not JUST bartenders.
|I know that I'm a bartender....|
It's no wonder that the Greeks thought this maxim was so profound, because it's a veritable gold mind. You cn reap the benefits of this quote, in the form of a wealth of antiquitous wealth of self understanding. Or you can just use it because it's a cool quote, and can instigate discussion at your bar. But take heed reader, whatever the reason for your usage; take heed.... to know thyself.
Sorry folks. I had to do it.