The English writer, Alan Bennett, once made a character say that after the British began to take foreign holidays, we came home with strange ideas about what goes in a salad. I recall the salads of my 1950s childhood: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and spring onions, and, for variety, perhaps pickled beetroot or a sliced hard boiled egg. Read more…
This summer, as we do every summer, we’ll remove the bindings so to speak from the medieval manuscripts and fully examine their contents, study surviving papyrus fragments in all their multiform messiness, and try to visualize without judgment the Iliad known to Plato and Aeschines. The attested multiforms of the Iliad give us an opportunity to know and appreciate a wider range of performance traditions for this remarkable poem than most of us have been taught to do. Read more…
Beauty is all around us, and some of it is extraordinary. It takes many forms, and many of us define it in different ways. Saint Thomas Aquinas defined beauty as that which pleases upon being seen.
But Philosopher Mortimer Adler took a wider view.
Your definition of beauty might differ from that of Saint Thomas of Aquinas or Mortimer Adler, and that’s OK. This week on the Friday Café let’s talk about what you find beautiful.
The fifth volume consists of a searchable, sortable database designed to showcase the wealth of previous particle studies. An important tool for researchers, it includes information from the fourteen monographs on Greek particles that appeared between 1588 and 1993, as well as hundreds of dedicated articles, grammars, thesauruses, and lexica. Read more…
As veterans of HeroesX, you’ve read countless descriptions of characters praying to the gods.
Praying is part of the human condition, given that so many people from various religions throughout the centuries have prayed to their god(s).
I’ll leave the question very broad so that you can say anything you like about prayer: benefits, criticism, the concept of prayer, your own stories about prayer, and so on.
So my question this week: What would you like to say about prayer?
Watch the live stream! The seminar aims to create a course in translation suited for students with or without a background in the ancient world and design ways for students of Latin and ancient Greek to read some of the texts in the original language.The 5-day seminar will begin on Thursday, June 8, and conclude on Monday, June 12. Read more…
I’ll be straight with you. I eat junk food. My favorite is a muffin with bacon, cheese, and eggs, served with deep-fried hash browns (are they real potatoes?) and a mug of black coffee. I know that eggs are considered healthy if eaten in moderation, but I wonder what unhealthy additives are concealed within this food.
Now it’s your turn to confess. Do you eat junk food? Often? Just occasionally? Or never, ever?
“When Aeneas now
The tribute of sepulchral vows had paid
Beside the funeral mound, and o’er the seas
Stillness had fallen, he flung forth his sails,
And leaving port pursued his destined way.
Freshly the night-winds breathe; the cloudless moon
Outpours upon his path unstinted beam,
And with far-trembling glory smites the sea.”