Category Archives: Rome

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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Lauro de Bosis’ Gesture

From George Garrett’s “A Wreath for Garibaldi,” Kenyon Review 23 (1961) 487-88: It is hard for me to know how I feel about Lauro di Bosis. I suffer from mixed feelings. He was a well-to-do, handsome, and sensitive young poet. … Continue reading

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Fake Jan!

You may not know this, but January 2nd is, to some online hipsters that I do not count myself among, sometimes called “Fake Jan” Day. Jan 2. Get it? The whole thing involves the Brady Bunch Variety Hour in some … 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. Alas, Hexham Abbey opens at 9:30 AM but we must be on the road by 9. What I had wanted to show … Continue reading

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Protected: Longinus Sdazepe

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Protected: Telly Savalas’ cuirass

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Regrets of Romulus

The Daily Mail, among other news outlets, is reporting this week that “A man raised by wolves for 12 years says his life in human society was a failure and he wishes he could go live among the animals again.” Marcos Rodríguez … Continue reading

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Scorsese on Bowie as Pilate

Excerpt from interview with Martin Scorsese, from Dylan Jones, David Bowie: A Life I’m sitting in my director’s chair and there are some chairs behind me and suddenly I feel a tap on my shoulder and I turn around and there I … Continue reading

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RIP, Barry Dennen

One morning, back in the summer of 2015, I made up my mind to go ahead with writing a book about Pontius Pilate in film, the quintessential Roman in the quintessential modern art form. How much fun would that be, … Continue reading

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Protected: What hidden scorn you must have for yourself

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