What Hanson and Heath mean is that ultimately it was other classists who either refused to defend the singular importance of their field, or joined those who opposed the purpose of their field, hence the Ephialtes allusion. Putting your entire profession on trial might set you apart, but it surely won’t endear you with many of your colleagues. The most productive time of Hanson’s writing career followed his collaboration on Who Killed Homer, Hanson wrote that Classics professors needed to “teach more” yet he himself would end his tenure at CSU Fresno to focus on his book and speaking tours.
Before fully leaving the daily rigors of professorship, Hanson had several more articles published, these post-Homer works focus more on military history...
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