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Shakespeare and my father remembered

I wish my father were here today, to do justice to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. No man ever loved English literature more, and Shakespeare most of all. 634 more words

General Interest

Collapse of the Republic or the Fall of an Empire?

The fall of the Western Roman Empire has always been a common historiographical comparison among intellectual circles when discussing the current decline of Western Civilisation. Particularly relevant was the extensive migration of Northern (German mostly) ‘Barbarians’ into Roman lands, which has been frequently compared to the mass immigration of third-worlders into Western Europe, North America and Oceania. 573 more words


Hopeless at the End


Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 611 more words

Stiffen the Sinews and Stir the Blood: Shakespeare and Rhetoric in the Church Times

About a month ago I had a bit of luck, winning a short subscription to the Church Times in a competition on Twitter.  (Yes, I do feel like a character in a Catherine Fox novel, why do you ask?)  And, of course, instead of simply enjoying this unexpected treat, I found myself spotting Shakespeare references in the columns, and wondering about the rhetorical work they were doing.  1,034 more words

Final paper reflections

So, I wanted to share some stuff about (and from) my final paper for my class on the fall of the Roman Republic.  The paper was about how the  4,416 more words

Mythological Rambling