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Lucretius, Epicureanism, and a sinking ship: My thoughts on the Inauguration

The beginning of Book II of Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura has always been one of my favorite parts of this Roman poet’s epic. As Inauguration Day approaches in my country, I keep mulling over these lines for various reasons which I will explain. 874 more words

Classics

The Rothko Conundrum

Many thanks to a little boy named Ezra (and his expert crocodile tears) and Mark Rothko for filling my time at AAA as I waited to get my new 44-year-old license. 215 more words

Reconnaissance

Rupture...Another Drunken Risibility

How is rupture important to any discourse? Is it the waning of a line of discourse in that the impulsive impact is debilitating over temporality and even spatially or is it a sudden change of the direction altogether hitherto unknown or never before comprehended, a kind of digital break, a sudden change of phase or a sudden phase transition. 379 more words

Philosophy

Suave

Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis,
e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem;
non quia vexari quemquamst iucunda voluptas,
sed quibus ipse malis careas quia cernere suave est. 294 more words

Advice on Christmas Gifts from Solon to Lucretius

Epigonoi Fr. 4 (From Clement of Alexandria)

“Many evils come to men from gifts”

ἐκ γὰρ δώρων πολλὰ κάκ’ ἀνθρώποισι πέλονται.

Ovid, Ars Amatoria 2.275… 248 more words

Greek

Children, Shipwrecked into Life

Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 5.218-227

“Why does nature nourish and increase the races
of horrible beasts, enemies to humankind on land and sea?
Why do the seasons of the year bring diseases? 139 more words

Latin