Category Archives: Cemeteries & Funerals

In Search of Elijah Smith: Glastonbury

If you’ve been following my inquiries (here and here) into the mysterious inscription in my old edition of Cicero, you know that I’ve pinpointed Glastonbury, CT, as the place where all the principals lived. I was at Yale with some students … Continue reading

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Good and faithful servant

A much-reproduced picture from the recent funerary ceremonies for George H.W. Bush shows the former President’s service dog, Sully, lying before his master’s casket. It’s hard not to choke up a little seeing Sully, the very soul of to-the-last fidelity. … Continue reading

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“Gassed”: My Thoughts and Another’s, Unknown

John Singer Sargent’s Gassed (1919)– I’ve seen it twice, last fall at the Frist’s WWI & American Art exhibit and, more memorably, in 2012 at the Imperial War Museum in London. The Olympics were on, and service men and women … Continue reading

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Pulvis et Umbra

A final shot from Mine 21, a beautiful image of miners’ headlamps which flicker like stars about to go out. Nos ubi decidimus quo pater Aeneas, quo dives Tullus et Ancus, pulvis et umbra sumus. –Horace, Odes 4.7.14-16 When we … Continue reading

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Flavinus, Easter, and Power

A note to my Sewanee-in-England students in Hexham, where we are all exhausted after climbing around Housesteads fort, as I had with my sons 6 years ago. Alas, Hexham Abbey opens at 9:30 AM but we must be on the … Continue reading

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Weeping for RFK

I just finished watching Netflix’ 4-part documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President,” and it is intense. I guess, insofar as I knew about RFK, it was in relation to his brothers– Jack was a staple of every Irish Catholic household in Boston … Continue reading

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Longinus Sdazepe

The tombstone of Longinus Sdazepe in Colchester, prior to AD 60 (presumably broken in the Boudiccan Revolt). A roman cavalryman riding roughshod over a native Briton. Inscription beneath, according to RIB 201 (with further bibliography), reads: Longinus Sdapeze Matyci (filius) duplicarius ala prima … Continue reading

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