Category Archives: Classics

Dante Purgatorio cantos 22-23 cartoons

About 20 years ago, former student of mine at Boston College made these cartoons for me of Purgatorio cantos 22-23, on the Prodigal and the Gluttonous. She dashed them off, but I think they’re really wonderful.

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Daniel/Amos/Jonah: discussion questions

Some old discussion questions for an Honors class at Boston College on the prophets Daniel The Book of Daniel is set explicitly during the Babylonian Captivity, that 400-year period when the Israelites were forcibly removed from the Promised Land to … Continue reading

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Notes on Ovid’s Fasti 1.1-288

These are some notes I made for a class I taught over two decades ago at Boston College on Ovid’s Fasti, his epic poem on the Roman calendar,  At that time, there wasn’t a good commentary on Book 1, although … Continue reading

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Ovid’s Priapus (Notes on Fasti 1.391-441)

These are some notes I made for a class I taught over two decades ago at Boston College on Ovid’s Fasti, his epic poem on the Roman calendar,  At that time, there wasn’t a good commentary on Book 1, although … Continue reading

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The Banquet of Crassus: Politics, Myth, and Ritual

Below is the abstract of a paper I delivered at the American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies) way back in January 2002 in Philadelphia (I will confess to having found the abstract here, which I’m glad for, since … 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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NO AND SHUT UP: Intellectualism and Its Discontents in Nancy

My friends and family all know of my deep love for Nancy, the Ernie Bushmiller comic strip. Nor I am alone in this, as the Washington Post noted earlier this year. The best  present I got last Christmas was Paul … Continue reading

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