Category Archives: Astronomical

Protected: Plumbing the Depths

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Last Night’s Fireball

I was outside talking to my friend Elizabeth yesterday evening, about 6:45 Central, when, all of a sudden, an enormous fireball appeared in the sky behind her.  “Whoa! Is that a comet?!” I asked. “I hope it’s not a burning … Continue reading

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Protected: Sea and Stars

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Protected: Considering Caesar

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Nubibus Atris

Nubibus atris condita nullum fundere possunt sidera lumen. So run the first four lines of the final poem in Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Book 1. These eight words, so skillfully arranged, convey with precision a primary theme of the Consolatio‘s … Continue reading

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O Stelliferi Conditor Orbis

In the Medieval Latin class I’m teaching this term, we’re now reading Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. (If you’ve not read it before, stop wasting time on-line and read it now.)  The Consolatio is partially written in prose, partially in verse, … Continue reading

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Protected: Constellations in the Cupboard

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