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Did It Have To Be Dido?

Did It Have To Be Dido?

In Virgil’s Aeneid, the strongest and most admirable characters like Aeneas and Turnus are seen as ideals of patriotism and courage. At times though, their stories are momentarily superseded by...
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Homer’s Epic of the Family

Homer’s Epic of the Family

The Trojan War, for our Homeric heroes, begins with marital infidelity and succumbing to temptation, but ends with marital fidelity and overcoming temptation. While the gods are ever present in...
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Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: The Odyssey of Love

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: The Odyssey of Love

As Prince Andrei lay dying beside Natasha and his sister, Princess Marya, he reflects inward, “Love? What is love?”[1] Love is the theme of all great literature, from Homer and...
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An Annunciation on the Battlefield

An Annunciation on the Battlefield

On December 2, 1805, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte achieved his most spectacular victory at the Battle of Austerlitz against an allied army of Russians and Austrians. The battle is...
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Feminist Thought of Geoffrey Chaucer: The Wife of Bath, and “All Hire Secte”

Feminist Thought of Geoffrey Chaucer: The Wife of Bath, and “All Hire Secte”

The political climate of the Middle Ages was atrocious for women. Not only did society and the Holy Church of England view women as property for men, but the government...
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In Virgil’s Aeneid, the strongest and most admirable characters like Aeneas and Turnus are seen as ideals of patriotism and courage. At times though, their stories are momentarily superseded by interactions with a minor character. These subplots often serve to deepen our understanding of the main characters, but in turn bring a new character into the spotlight. Could a minor…

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The Trojan War, for our Homeric heroes, begins with marital infidelity and succumbing to temptation, but ends with marital fidelity and overcoming temptation. While the gods are ever present in the Iliad and Odyssey, I wish to examine the otherwise purely human aspect of Homer’s two great epics and how they relate to family, and the role of marital infidelity and…

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As Prince Andrei lay dying beside Natasha and his sister, Princess Marya, he reflects inward, “Love? What is love?”[1] Love is the theme of all great literature, from Homer and Dante to Milton, Herbert, and Tennyson. It is the theme of all great philosophy, from Plato to Augustine to Schelling.
Love has been tied with literature from the beginning. The oldest…

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On December 2, 1805, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte achieved his most spectacular victory at the Battle of Austerlitz against an allied army of Russians and Austrians. The battle is remembered for its brilliance and savagery and was immortalized in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. On the blood-stained slopes of the Pratzen Heights, Prince Andrei Bolkansky—wounded and looking up at…

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The Poet as Teacher of Statesmen
This volume joins a growing chorus of scholars who approach Shakespeare as a political thinker.[1] The chapters that follow explore how Shakespeare’s plays dramatize perennial questions about human nature, moral virtue, and statesmanship, and demonstrate that reading them as works of philosophical literature enhances our understanding of political life. Although the last fifty years have…

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The Soul of Statesmanship: Shakespeare on Nature, Virtue, and Political Wisdom. Khalil M. Habib and L. Joseph Hebert, Jr., eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2018.
 
In 2015 students at the University of Pennsylvania’s English department, in the name of “inclusivity,” took down a picture of Shakespeare that had hung on the wall and replaced it with the image of black lesbian feminist…

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“An intermediate nature . . . prevents the universe falling into two separate halves.”
—Plato, Symposium (203b).
 
Almost from the beginning of when human beings began to ponder their situation in the order of things, they have somehow seen themselves as living in a world which is incomplete: a world that is separate, split, in some way ‘torn apart’ from its source…

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Anti-utopian fiction has recently gripped the American imagination. Books such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series have sold millions of copies and the movies based on these books have also been extremely popular. In January and February of 2017, Amazon briefly ran out of copies of 1984 and the sales of A Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale,…

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