Ancient History

The Sack of Rome, 410 A.D

December 21, 2016

Almost as soon as it occurred, the Sack of Rome left the space of history and entered the realm of myth. […]

Odysseus talks to the cyclops by a flock of sheep
Ancient Literature

How Odysseus Fooled a Cyclops

December 19, 2016

By David J. Schenker,PhD, University of Missouri–Columbia Odysseus’s adventures with the Cyclops Polyphemus reveal much about the character of Odysseus and the complexities facing a […]

French writer Gustave Flaubert photo portrait (Image: By Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (Nadar) - Here, Public Domain)
Literature

Gustave Flaubert

December 14, 2016

By James A. W. Heffernan, Dartmouth College Born in Rouen, in the French province of Normandy, Gustave Flaubert was the second surviving son of a […]

A young man dressed in black with a skull in his hands.
British Literature

Hamlet and the Problem of Inaction

December 14, 2016

By Peter Saccio, Ph.D., Dartmouth College Hamlet is a young prince whose father has been murdered, who has difficulty finding an appropriate response. Severely criticized […]

Dante and Beatrice speak to the teachers of wisdom in Dantes Paradise
Ancient Literature

Dante’s Paradise: The Sphere of Wisdom

December 14, 2016

By William R. Cook, Ph.D.,  State University of New York, Geneseo & Ronald B. Herzman,Ph.D., State University of New York, Geneseo On their journey through Paradise, […]

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