Reminder: “Ancient Greece” a hoax, historians admitted in 2010

vaseFrom the October 7, 2010 issue of The Onion:

“Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columnseverything.”

Five years after the revelation that Ancient Greece was a made-up load of bunk, what has changed? Not much. The Core Curriculum still teaches students about the Parthenon, the Peloponnese war, the epic poetry of Homer, and it does so with a straight face. Incorrigible.

(Read the full article in theOnion archives, here.)

 

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