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The first person I heard say “hegemony” out loud was Donald Kagan, in his introduction to Greek history at Yale. A quarter century after I was his student, he recorded the course, and it’s on YouTube. He’s no longer with us, but those great lectures are!
This is a wonderful essay on taste. I attempted to express some thoughts on taste in my book, so I know what a confoundingly slippery topic it is. @zebriez found some firm footing. Enjoy reading.