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When knowing Greek literature saves you

I recently read Plutarch’s Life of Nicias, Athenian general during the Peloponnesian War, and at the end of it come a few fascinating lines that show how knowing Greek literature, and knowing it by heart, may turn out to be a savior, so long as you happen to be at the mercy of others who also value it! 214 more words


Oedipus the King by Sophocles (trans. David Greene)

(Originally read this work and wrote this post on September 27th, 2008)

The story of Oedipus the king, the tragic man who accidentally kills his father and marries his mother, stands as a central story of Western Civilization due not only to Sophocles’s skills as a dramatist, but also because of Freud’s controversial psychological theories, which turned to this story as a model. 595 more words

Happy Bloomsday 2014!

Doesn’t James Joyce look dapper?!

Happy Bloomsday!!

James Joyce set his rambling modern novel Ulysses on June 16, and today literary lovers around the world celebrate the iconic Irish author with marathon readings (it is about 265,000 words long!) and pub crawls. 541 more words

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