The contributions have been ordered in a bid to draw forth some of the themes that run through the collection: divinity, humanity, creativity, education, happiness, love, loss, nature, journey, and death.
I will conclude with a quote from a scholar far more qualified than myself to make pronouncements on Classics and the power of the written word:
Taken together, this [collection of miscellaneous essays] illustrate[s], however imperfectly, the idea that in the study of literature no single point of view (whether philological, religious, historical or economic) has any special authority, and that the value of a given technique depends entirely on its fruitfulness.
– N. Rudd (1976), Lines of Enquiry; vii.
It is my hope that the book you hold in your hands today, the simple concept behind it, and the wonderfully eclectic contributions contained within it, will bear fruit that is worthy of such a noble idea.
Paul Corcoran, Dublin, May 2017