Quotation by Ralph Westwood Moore

In a word, the Roman lacked the humanitas (the sure sense of human values and of the part played by man in the universe) which made the Greek civilization great. The Greek saw life steadily and saw it whole; the Roman saw it steadily, but his vision was strictly limited, and it did not occur to him to ask whether he saw life whole. He saw life in terms of action and action in terms of his own needs; he never attained by himself to con sciousness of the world of thought and to the vision of the ideals by which all right action must be governed. It is true and fortunate for posterity that he was inspired by Greek idealism to much of his greatest work, but in himself he remained the realist of the Western world.
Ralph Westwood Moore (1906–1953), British educator, author. The Roman Commonwealth, ch. 2, Fawcett (1942).
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