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ancient Greece
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the Greek culture that provided much of the foundation of Western Civilization; from about 750BC to 146 BC (when Rome conquered Greece)
  • Doubtless some ancient Greek has observed that behind the big mask and the speaking-trumpet, there must always be our poor little eyes peeping as usual and our timorous lips more or less under anxious control.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (57% in)

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