Category Archives: CLASSICS AND OUR WORLD

Is America the “New Rome”?

When a legendary NBA coach like Gregg Popovich uses a classical analogy to make his point across on civics, and American politics, one feels that the Classics are still popular. As a classicist, and a teacher of the Classics, I

Is America the “New Rome”?

When a legendary NBA coach like Gregg Popovich uses a classical analogy to make his point across on civics, and American politics, one feels that the Classics are still popular. As a classicist, and a teacher of the Classics, I

Today’s Olympics: Not Close to the Original Spirit of the Greek Games

Open ceremony today at Rio 2016. Yet how far apart are we from the genuine spirit of the original Greek Olympic Games? Very far. The hallowed dimension of the Games, which constituted within the Greek world a sacred truce, never

Today’s Olympics: Not Close to the Original Spirit of the Greek Games

Open ceremony today at Rio 2016. Yet how far apart are we from the genuine spirit of the original Greek Olympic Games? Very far. The hallowed dimension of the Games, which constituted within the Greek world a sacred truce, never

“From Homer to ISIS”: Talk at the 2016 ISCSC Conference

I had the opportunity to present a paper last week at the 2016 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Conference, held at Monmouth University (New Jersey). My presentation explores the classical foundation of Western identity through the light

“From Homer to ISIS”: Talk at the 2016 ISCSC Conference

I had the opportunity to present a paper last week at the 2016 International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Conference, held at Monmouth University (New Jersey). My presentation explores the classical foundation of Western identity through the light

Is Donald Trump a Modern Day Catiline?

I recently got carried away, in one of my Latin classes, dissecting and translating chapter five of Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae. Sallust’s text is vibrant, eloquent, powerful. The depiction of Lucius Sergius Catiline, the nobleman ringleader who organized a plot to

Is Donald Trump a Modern Day Catiline?

I recently got carried away, in one of my Latin classes, dissecting and translating chapter five of Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae. Sallust’s text is vibrant, eloquent, powerful. The depiction of Lucius Sergius Catiline, the nobleman ringleader who organized a plot to

The Spectacle of War

Watching war—watching death happen broadcasted “live”—has an old pedigree. The mechanism is as ancient as war itself—or rather as old as the oldest existent war narrative: in book 3 of the Iliad, the Trojan princes gather around Helen at the

The Spectacle of War

Watching war—watching death happen broadcasted “live”—has an old pedigree. The mechanism is as ancient as war itself—or rather as old as the oldest existent war narrative: in book 3 of the Iliad, the Trojan princes gather around Helen at the