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“For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true.” …

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Thought For Today

The first atom ever to have had its picture taken

My before bed reading the last few weeks has been Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura which is a philosophical tract written around 2000 years ago, whose arguments are based on the absolute assumption that everything in the universe is made up of atoms. 425 more words

Philosophical And Speculative


Illud in his rebus vereor, ne forte rearis
impia te rationis inire elementa viamque
indugredi sceleris. quod contra saepius illa
religio peperit scelerosa atque impia facta; 369 more words

Athena Speaks to the Middle East

If there’s one thing the Middle East needs right now, it’s a touring company performing Aeschylus’s Oresteia. This ancient trilogy shouts down the centuries to us, begging us to reconsider our self-destructive, violent behavior and come up with better answers than suicide bombers, chemical weapons, and macho warriors. 472 more words


158. On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, c. 50 BC

Plot:   Primitive atomic theory explained in poetry, or as Lucretius himself puts it: “the dulcet strains of poesy, coated with the sweet homey of the Muses .. 840 more words

Latin Literature

Talking Dreams in Silent Speech

Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 4.453-461

“And when sleep has bound our limbs with sweet
slumber and the whole body lies in deep repose,
we still seem to ourselves to be awake and to move… 117 more words