Category Archives: Classics

“Et in Arcadia Ego” bench in Abbo’s Alley

Given by Friends and Classmate to Celebrate Our Friendship with Thomas Carleton Ward C ’69 August 3, 1947- June 30, 1997 Quick Bring a Beaker of Wine So That I May Wet My Mind And Say Something Clever From Mary … Continue reading

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Antigone in Sewanee 1894

Various Notices on the Sewanee Production of Antigone of 1894 “Loftier than this devotion to the legitimate, semi-legitimate, and wholly illegitimate drama, is the success on the stage of the students of the Greek department, who, under the direction of … Continue reading

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Abbo’s Alley & German POWS

That some of Abbo’s Alley was laid out during WWII by German POWs is something I’ve often heard, but seen little documentary evidence. Below is what I’ve found. New York Times July 1, 1984, Section 10, Page 25: To the Editor: Thanks very much … Continue reading

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“Thoroughly Useless Nation”: Mommsen on the Irish

From Theodor Mommsen (trans. William P. Dickson) History of Rome, Vol. 4 (London 1867), Book 5, Chapter 7, pp. 286-87 (link here) Mind you, an edition of this work won a goddam Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902 In the mighty … Continue reading

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Protected: Modern origins of the manly-man Roman fore-arm handshake

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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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Little Mystery Postscript

So I’ve done a little sleuthing about the characters mentioned in my last post who appear on the mysterious inscription in my 1750 edition of Cicero. I had looked on the British DNB, thinking these folks lived in England. I … Continue reading

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