Monthly Archives: April 2014

Protected: Beatings and Latin again

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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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Introduction for Charles Martin

Introduction to the Stacy Allen Haines Memorial Lecture Convocation Hall, University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee April 9, 2014 Perhaps it is true, as Auden says in memory of Yeats, that “poetry makes nothing happen,” but all I know is … Continue reading

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Corporal Punishment in Franklin County Schools

The following note was sent to my Franklin County School Board colleagues. Dear Colleagues, I want to make sure that, in connection with our annual review of Section Six Policies in April, we pull Policy 6.31o4, on corporal punishment, out … Continue reading

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