Painting featuring Odysseus and other people
Ancient Literature

Odysseus, Master of Schemes

December 23, 2016

Odysseus was a legendary king of ancient Ithaca, an island in the Ionian Sea. Look at Odysseus as the awed Greek hero celebrated in Homer’s Odyssey and other poems related to the Trojan War. We’ll pay particular attention to the ways in which Odysseus’s scheming and lies lead to heroic triumphs—and nearly kill him. […]

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 […]

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

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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