Category Archives: Oxford

Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … Continue reading

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Ave atque Vale, Treebeard

Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about the famous black pine in the Oxford Botanical Gardens called “Twists in the Plot.”  As I found out only today, the pine had to be taken down this past … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Burdies?

The referendum for Scottish independence will take place this week, and I am thinking of a picture that used to hang in the Classics library at Chapel Hill when I was a graduate student there.  There among images of philologists … Continue reading

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To See A Fine Lady

Not so far from Oxford is the town of Banbury, famous for the nursery rhyme: Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse. Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, And … Continue reading

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Beatings and Latin again

So, more corporal punishment, but this time from the charming nostalgic point of view. Above is a screen-grab from a movie I watched last night, Tom Brown’s School Days, the 1940 film version of the Victorian novel by Thomas Hughes … Continue reading

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Lines Written in the Ashmolean Museum

Father and young sons Looking at Laocoön Museum torture  

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Two Ways About It

This is a talk I was asked to give for new student orientation way back in 2005 here at Sewanee. Two Ways About It New Student Orientation Talk Guerry Auditorium Sunday, August 21, 2005 Good afternoon. Let me be among … Continue reading

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