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,Ph.D., University of Missouri–Columbia Odysseus’s adventures with the Cyclops Polyphemus reveal much about the character of Odysseus and the complexities facing a […]

Literature

Gustave Flaubert

December 14, 2016

Born in Rouen, in the French province of Normandy, Gustave Flaubert was the second surviving son of a distinguished and wealthy doctor, the chief of […]

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 man whose father has been murdered, who has difficulty finding an appropriate response. And he’s been […]

Domenico di Michelino Dante and His Poem (1465) fresco, in the dome of the church of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence (Florence's cathedral). Dante Alighieri is shown holding a copy of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. He is pointing to a procession of sinners being lead down to the circles of Hell on the left. Behind him are the seven terraces of Purgatory, with Adam and Eve representing Earthly Paradise on top. Above them, the sun and the moon represent Heavenly Paradise, whilst on the right is Dante's home city of Florence. The illustration of Florence is self referencial, depicting the recently completed and much celebrated cathedral dome inside which the fresco is painted.
Ancient Literature

Dante’s Paradise: The Sphere of Wisdom

December 14, 2016

On their journey through Paradise, Dante and Beatrice visit the fourth sphere—the so-called sphere of the Sun—and meet the wisest persons to ever live. But rather than […]

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