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Day 14: Women's voices

Silencing women’s voices
“He won’t read that, it’s about girls”
“Women talk too much”
Why is this important?

From the way women speak, to the amount women speak, to the content of women’s speech, people constantly feel the need to express opinions on women’s speech or to push it down completely. 2,402 more words


A Faith of Trust, Allegiance, and Loyalty

Skeptics like Friedrich Nietzsche attack the truth of the Christian message because of the discontinuity they see between Christian belief and behavior.  They have a point.  1,261 more words


SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Written by Mary Beard (a well known historian, you may have seen her BBC shows), SPQR is an account of the rise and creation of Ancient Rome as the Empire we know.  444 more words


Mary Beard's SPQR

Mary Beard, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Profile 2015)

The story of Mary Beard and the troll is a fable for our times about the power of generous intelligence. 954 more words


In practice, most people, most of the time, manage to manipulate two strikingly incompatible views of laughter: the myth of its uncontrollability on the one hand and the everyday experience of laughter as a learned, cultural response on the other.

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The long siege, and final destruction, of Carthage in 146 BCE was gruesome even by ancient standards, with atrocities reported on both sides. The losers could be as spectacularly cruel as the victors.

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One of the quips attributed to Enoch Powell—a notorious twentieth-century politician, sardonic wit, and expert classicist—is his reply to a chatty barber. “How should I cut your hair, sir?” “In silence” was Powell’s answer.

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