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berglund_k@hotmail.com # Posted on March 18, 2014 at 20:11

Reply to Yaqi Fu’s reflection by Kristina Berglund
Yaqi, I agree with you that Rackham’s humble attitude is appealing, and I find it impressive how he at the same time manages to present his arguments in a convincing way. One of the things I also took with me from Rackham’s lecture is the importance of being critical towards the things we take for granted, and view as self-evident ‘truths’. The critical eye can be both fruitful and eye-opening, and I think it cannot be emphasized too many times how we have to be open to view things in different lights than we are used to. I too think that we have to be cautious when applying ‘modern’ theories onto ancient happenings. However, it also depends on in what purpose one is doing it, sometimes the purpose might not be to examine the ‘truth’ about this historical event, but instead tell a story or make a point of some other kind. Thanks for your thoughts!