inclinations, so too they restricted
his aesthetic leanings.
Although Adler viewed many aspects of the non-Jewish world positively, there were other aspects which, as a traditionalist, he could not
approve – for example, faiths other than Judaism. He criticised Greek
polytheism as ‘a mythology which could not but corrupt and debase’.116
He blamed Rome’s lack of true religion for its ‘luxury, cruelty and sensuality’.117 These attacks on the classicalinheritance were part of the
wider debate sparked by Matthew Arnold and the chapter on ‘Hebraism
and Hellenism’ in his Culture