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Lucretius on Death

In Book Three (lines 38-86) of Lucretius’s Epicurean ode, On the Nature of Things, our author discusses death. The point of this section is to explain the fear of death and its affects to his audience. 1,505 more words


WW2 in Technicolor

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)

Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)

The Colditz Story (Guy Hamilton, 1954)

The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963)

Bridge on the River Kwai… 373 more words


Chapter 5 [Part 1]

Chapter 5: The View from Above

Two thousand years after our poet watched his warship in the bay, another ship spread its sails. Voyager 1 cruises alone in interstellar space now, the first man-made object ever to break the boundary of our little solar system. 1,641 more words


How to Discover a Person's True Nature

Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 3.41-58

“For men often claim that disease and a life
of a bad reputation should be feared more than Tartaros.
And they claim they know that the nature of the soul is like blood… 324 more words

Entry 9 - Third Year.

At the very first lecture of my undergraduate degree my lecturer introduced himself as the world expert on what we would be studying for the term and said to us simply that ‘there is no ceiling to the questions you should be asking and the knowledge you will accrue’. 206 more words

Quotes & Commentary #1 - Montaigne

“I only quote others to better quote myself.”

—Michel de Montaigne

For many years now, it’s been my habit to write down my favorite quotes from the books I read.

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Quotes And Commentary

Eternal Fame, or Specks of Gold in a Sh*theap? - Early Reception of Ennius

In response to a comment about Ennius’ reputation in Joel’s post from yesterday, I began to wonder about the reception of Ennius’ poems.  I remembered that Ennius was cited by practically every (surviving) Roman poet of the Golden Age, but  I could not recall a consistent portrait emerging from these references. 1,791 more words