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Anaximander On My Mind

In this post I will attempt to summarize some discussions on astronomy and geography, while focusing on the work of Anaximander, my favorite physiologos. He was a native of Miletos, son of Praxiades, pupil and successor of Thales. He approached an understanding the world through rationalization and argumented dialogue [logos]. Read more

Nereid Monument

I always thought the Nereid Monument was a nymphaeum— a shrine to the Nereids—but it isn’t. I discovered that it was the tomb of Arbinas of Lycia. So why did he have a shrine that looks like an Ionic temple? And why does it include figures of Nereids? Read more

Les langues vivaces” at the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Lille 2

"In October of 2016, I had the pleasure of talking about Homeric poetry to the largest audience I have ever addressed in the many years I’ve spent teaching Classics—over 500 students in a huge new amphitheater at the University of Lille in northeastern France." Leonard Muellner explains how medical students there are being introduced to Latin and Greek—the "indestructible languages"—as part of the curriculum. Read more

The fate of the Aeneid: A burning question

We have all heard stories of "book burnings" that leave us with a sense of horror at the irretrievable loss of priceless literary and artistic treasures. In some cases, as in the burning of the Library of Alexandria, the true cause of the burning will probably never be known. In other cases, a specific political intent to suppress the content of the books is the cause, as in widespread book… Read more