CHARLIE ROSE: “You did prepare very hard.”
HUGH LAURIE: “I did prepare. I worked very hard at the audition. I see what you mean. I’m not sure I wanted this opportunity so badly, [so much as] i was determined that i was not gonna walk out of the room and say, “if only, if i’d done that better”. and i did work very very hard. and i did just want to leave the room, and know, the way that [it was done], whatever i did was the way i thought it should be done, and that i did it as well as i could. if they had not been content with that, and had given [the role] to someone else, i’d have been not happy, but i would have been okay, as long as i knew that i had done it right. because i’ve had so many years of saying, ugh, why did i? i had it, i had it, then i should” ::ungh:::”
In the culture of ancient Greece, the term paideia (Greek: παιδεία) referred to the rearing and education of the ideal member of the polis. It incorporated both practical, subject-based schooling and a focus upon the socialization of individuals within the aristocratic order of the polis. The practical aspects of this education included subjects subsumed under the modern designation of the liberal arts (rhetoric, grammar and philosophy are examples), as well as scientific disciplines like arithmetic and medicine. An ideal and successful member of the polis would possess intellectual, moral and physical refinement, so training in gymnastics and wrestling was valued for its effect on the body alongside the moral education which the Greeks believed was imparted by the study of music, poetry and philosophy. This approach to the rearing of a well-rounded Greek male was common to the Greek-speaking world, with the exception of Sparta where a rigid and militaristic form of education known as the agoge was practiced.