History is the story of the way in which man has learned how to live, and in learning this, man has come, from time to time, to periods of great change: periods when the old order of things has changed, passing into the new.

These times are always very difficult for those who live in them, for so much of the old seems to be undergoing destruction that the building of the new is not noticed, for those who destroy generally make more noise than those who build.

Dorothy Mills, Book of the Ancient Greeks

A book about Ancient Greece written in the 1920s somehow captures much of our own current moment.