Monthly Archives: April 2014

Beatings and Latin again

So, more corporal punishment, but this time from the charming nostalgic point of view. Above is a screen-grab from a movie I watched last night, Tom Brown’s School Days, the 1940 film version of the Victorian novel by Thomas Hughes … Continue reading

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Saturnalia and American Slavery

The Roman festival of the Saturnalia, “the best of days,” was celebrated between December 17th and 25th as a period of carnivalesque license. The world was ritually turned upside down, masters served slaves, and freedom of speech was encouraged. The … Continue reading

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Introduction for Christopher Hitchens, “The Moral Necessity of Atheism” (Sewanee, Feb. 2004)

Introduction for Christopher Hitchens, “The Moral Necessity of Atheism” Tuesday, Feb 23, 2004 Convocation Hall The “How, Then, Shall We Live?” Series   I knew that, when we invited Christopher Hitchens to speak, we would draw a large crowd, and … Continue reading

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Remarks on Hitchens Discussion Panel

Introduction to Faculty Panel on Christopher Hitchens’ “The Moral Necessity of Atheism” Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 Women’s Center Living Room The “How, Then, Shall We Live?” Series I first came across Christopher Hitchens’ work when I began to subscribe in … Continue reading

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One Piece of Silver

A Tyrian shekel from the James H. Rives Collection of Coins in the Archives of the University of the South.  Silver coins of this type, minted between 125 and 18 BC, were used to pay the Temple tax in Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Lines Written in the Ashmolean Museum

Father and young sons Looking at Laocoön Museum torture  

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Everybody Needs the Gospel and Everybody Loves Sausage

So, this past weekend, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South conference was sharing space at the Waco Convention Center with the Predator & Wild Hog Expo and the Modern Sporting Arms Expo. It made for an unlikely … Continue reading

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