Theseus fighting the minotaur (Image: delcarmat/Shutterstock)
Literature

Theseus—The Hero of Athens

December 1, 2017

Theseus—a hero who is especially associated with Athens—shows up in a great deal of classic Greek literature. Why is this? […]

Ancient Literature

How Did Constantine Alter the Course of the Roman Empire?

June 18, 2017

In the course, Books That Matter: The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Professor Leo Damrosch examines this great work from multiple perspectives; as a vast historical chronicle, as a compelling masterpiece of literature, as a sharp commentary on cultural mores, and as a cautionary tale to Enlightenment Europe. […]

Historical painting showing Alexander Pushkin (Image: By Orest Kiprensky /Public Domain)
British Literature

How Pushkin Discovered Shakespeare

February 19, 2017

By Irwin Weil, PhD, Northwestern University In 1825, a group of aristocrats attempted an uprising on a St. Petersburg square. Naïvely, given that they had […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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