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Michael Psellus on learning


(As I have time, I shall move to this medium some notes I once wrote on Facebook. I wrote the following on October 11, 2010.)

The value of learning was in question, even a thousand years ago in what was to become Istanbul. Short attention spans were noted too. Here is a passage from an engaging book, Fourteen Byzantine Emperors, by Michael Psellus (London: Penguin, 1966). Michael was born in 1018; the emperor Basil II died in 1025.

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