• It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.

    George Steiner (1974). “In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture”, p.3, Yale University Press
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