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Fictional Characters Who Appear Even in Historical Literature

This quarter I am busy teaching as part of the Humanities Core at UC Irvine. The course is inter-disciplinary, and covers literature, film, philosophy, history, and visual art. 2,847 more words


Damnatio memoriae

Emperor Domitian was assassinated on this day in the year 96 CE at the age of 44.  He reigned for 15 years, the longest imperial reign since Augustus and Tiberius, the first two Roman Emperors. 461 more words


Assorted Alliterative Ancients' Aphorisms

As I’ve remarked on here before, I really wish I had some grasp of Mandarin, in order to be able to get a proper sense of how Thucydides is being discussed in China: do they simply follow the conventional US international relations reading, and especially Allison’s Thucydides’s Trap theory, on the basis that this will help them understand American foreign policy thinking, or are they engaging with this and other classical texts (including Chinese ones) more creatively? 2,118 more words


Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Letters of Pliny the Younger

On August 24, 79 A.D., Pliny witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius.  His uncle, Pliny the Elder, passed away attempting to both investigation this horrendous event but also in helping fellow refugees.  237 more words

Thought For The Day


Matthew 4:3 “The Tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become bread.”


Even the tempter (the devil) knew that Jesus was God. 3,850 more words

Jesus Or Quran

Selflessness is a Virtue

One of the prime characteristics of a tyrant is selfishness. A tyrant will do anything to ensure he has the power he desires, even if he must harm the lives of others. 435 more words