Ancestral fault is a core idea of Greek literature. 'The guiltless
will pay for the deeds later: either the man's children, or his
descendants thereafter', said Solon in the sixth century BC, a
statement echoed throughout the rest of antiquity. This notion lies
at the heart of ancient Greek thinking on theodicy, inheritance and
privilege, the meaning of suffering, the links between wealth and
morality, individual responsibility, the bonds that unite... more...