Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Classical

We homeschooled two of our children for a number of years and one of my favorite parts of the experience (yes, I was involved in the education) was the study of Ancient Greece. I suppose that's because there was a time during my childhood where I was fascinated with Greek mythology. That interest was fueled by the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, and it was fun to revisit some of those old tales. Anyway, our study went beyond those old stories, as we did a unit study that incorporated subjects such as art, literature, science and medicine, government/politics and the philosophers. Basically, it was an introduction to the birth of Western Civilization. 



The Greeks loved and honored their heroes almost as much as their gods- pretty much blurring the line between the two. I guess we're no different in the twenty-first century. But instead of sculpting our heroes, we collect images of them on cardboard (unless you're talented enough to draw or paint them, of course). 

While he may not have ever slain any dragons, or cut the heads off of a Gorgons (none that we know of, that is), Chipper Jones certainly played the Greek-like hero during the great 2014 Atlanta Snow Storm, rescuing Freddie Freeman. Oh, and he was pretty good at killing the baseball on the diamond.



Combine a player like Jones with the great Topps Gallery Exhibits set and you're going to get a Classical card. Don't believe me? Just look at the back of the card.





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