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Re: beauty

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carla schiller (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:46:04 -0800 (PST)

Our 20th century culture does not consider violence beautiful, yet we have
many beautiful or moving monuments to war (in our case to remember those
who died). The Romans perhaps considered the victories in the military
campaigns important and therefore felt it appropriate to honor those who
achieved those political goals, without feeling that killing itself if
wonderful. Of course, that is somewhat contradicted by the games in the

Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
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On Mon, 26 Oct 1998, R. Moore wrote:

> Dave Landers has raised a very nice question about how the Romans viewed
> violence. Since it was a very big and very honored part of their lives,
> it might seem reasonable to think that they found it beautiful. I see his
> point, but I would be reluctant to leap quickly to that conclusion. After
> all, there are lots of ways of esteeming things. Deeming them beautiful
> is only one way. I would think that a Roman of Trajan's time might, if we
> were able to bring him back to life, say that he admired violence, liked
> it, sought it out, etc., but that he didn't really regard it as beautiful.
> But, then again, how can we tell where general preferences and admirations
> leave off and beauty-response begins?
> Ron Moore