CULTURE

Anglo-Hellenic Review’s satisfying mix

The latest issue of the Anglo-Hellenic Review offers a satisfying mix of articles to read and reviews of books worth reading. Tom Holland examines the age-old concept of the East-West divide in a fascinating extract from the preface to his book «Persian Fire,» which was a joint winner of the 2006 Runciman Award. History was born, writes Holland, with the question «Why do they hate us?» It was in the conflict between East and West, he explains, that Herodotus, «the world’s first historian, back in the 5th century BC, discovered his history’s theme.» Re-examining the repercussions for world history and culture of the massively outnumbered Greeks’ victory over the mightiest empire the world had seen, Holland takes a nuanced view of the ancient Persian and Greek legacies that will challenge some received notions. The book reviews range from classical scholar David Grene’s memoir «Of Farming and Classics» (University of Chicago Press) to Gideon Nisbet’s «Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Bristol Phoenix Press). Also in the latest AHR, an extended obituary of Lord Jellicoe pays tribute to a gallant soldier and much-loved friend of Greece. The Anglo-Hellenic Review is published in spring and fall by the Anglo-Hellenic League (The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS).