The starting point of this blog is the assumption that there’s no way to directly access a “perfect past” or, for that matter, to get the past perfected in the way we talk and think about it.  With this blog, and in the trip we take to Greece, we therefore hope to be self-reflexive and pay attention to the ways in which our knowledge of both ancient and modern Greece, or what often gets called “Western civilization,” is always and necessarily edited and shaped by our own interests as well as the interests of those who present the past to us. To that end, the posts are categorized according to the modes by which we interact with the contemporary things that are given a place in tales of the past: we are “reading,” “walking,” “eating,” “exhibiting,” etc.