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“Relevant” is a judgment word, but it is certain that Aristotle, Plato, and Homer have formed the basis of contemporary western logic, ethics, and literature—for example, the logic rules and examples laid out by Plato are actively cited today, from the allegory of the cave to the very definition of a republic; Aristotle’s division of literature into epic, poetic, and dramatic, as described in The Poetics; and Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey are still informing modern literature, not only in references to them in modern literature, but in modern versions and reams of scholarship. In the Western world, and to a lesser degree in all cultures, a person cannot be considered educated without at least a moderate understanding of these Greek philosophers and writers. The story of Troy, for example, is ubiquitous in Hollywood. All cultures are built on and solidified by their pasts, and these authors are Western culture's past.
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