Category Archives: Classics

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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Little mysteries in an old edition of Cicero

See this update How this book came into my possession, I really can’t say, but it’s probably the oldest one I own, a copy of select orations of Cicero (together with Asconius’ commentary) as well as De Senectute and De … Continue reading

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“The American Cincinnatus”

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, “The American Cincinnatus” (1919) When I was a kid, I picked up a copy of the 1932 Georgetown yearbook for a dime at a second-hand store my mother and I used to go to. Being a … Continue reading

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Horace Satire 1.5 maps

1 Rome 2 Aricia 3 Forum Appii 4 Feronia 5 Tarracina 6 Fundi 7 Formiae 8 Sinuessa 9 Campanian Bridge 10 Capua 11 Caudium 12 Beneventum 13 Trivicum 14 Asculum 15 Canusim 16 Rubium 17 Barium 18 Egnatius 19 Brundisium

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“New Greeks at Old Sewanee” (TIME Nov. 9, 1962)

Time’s piece on a joint Classics-Phys Ed class from November, 9, 1962 (pp. 55-56)

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Sabine Women & Bride-napping

The custom of kidnapping women for marriage, memorialized in Livy’s account of the Sabine Women’s abduction, is not confined to antiquity.  A former student of mine, Gambrill, was in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, wrote the following to me about … Continue reading

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