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January 1964

A Classical Predella

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(1):158-164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280070160025

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Some months ago in these pages ("Greek Experience," October, 1962) the Editor, with his usual happy ability for conjugating past and present, discussed the legacy of Greece in the course of commending the book, The Greek Experience, by that Churchillian classical scholar, Sir Maurice Bowra, of Oxford University. I should like to continue the discussion against the backdrop provided by Dr. Bean, and I do so in the fanciful form of a predella. The term "predella" is used in Italy to describe the small panels of a painting or sculpture which form the appendage to the work above them. I use the title here to characterize some notes in the way of vignettes linked with the piece on Greece, as each of them renders an image or a minor note to enrich the main theme.

In doing so I realize that I am acting in a fashion not generally recognized

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