Tag Archives: Harvard Classics

Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Aesop’s Fables

According to legend, born in approximately 620 BC, the Greek fabulist and story teller, Aesop, has been accredited with a plethora of stories each serving to teach invaluable lessons through the use of animals and inanimate objects that speak, problem … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – FitzGerald

Born on May 18, 1048 in Nishapur, Iran, the Persian mathematician, astronomer and sometime poet, Omar Khayyam, passed away on December 4, 1131.  But not before his work with cubic equations and the composition of a calendar more accurate than … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Rousseau – Discourse on Inequality

On June 28, 1712, Francophone Genevan philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born.  Reaching beyond his death on July 2, 1778, his political philosophy influenced the European Enlightenment particularly in France.  He has had a lasting impact through today … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Edmund Burke – On Taste

Edmund Burke was born on  January 12, 1729   Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Edmund Burke elsewhere on our post pages.  Please review these for a fuller background on this gentleman. The essay On Taste  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Euripides – The Bacchae

Born in approximately 480 BC, the Athenian tragedian Euripides from who approximately 18-19 extant plays of his approximately 92-95 dramas have survived.  He along with Aeschylus and Sophocles are most of what we know of ancient Greek drama.  Euripides has … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Philip Nichols – Sir Francis Drake Revived

For another post on the life and times of Sir Francis Drake relative to another author’s take on this historical figure, we have included a brief sketch.  It would be worth the while to review this material for a fuller … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Arabian Nights – The Introduction

We have previously discussed the Arabian Nights in detail on several past posts.  Today, one of the best tutorials out there marks this to be a day to revisit this material beginning with the introduction.  If you wish further background, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Byron and Goethe – Giuseppe Mazzini

The Italian activist and journalist Giuseppe Mazzini was born on June 22, 1805.  Before his death on March 10, 1872, he spearhead the Italian revolutionary movement.  In so doing, he helped bring about an independent and united Italy in place … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Fisherman and His Wife – Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who collected folklore in the 19th century.  These are the popularizers of such tales as Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Cicero – On Friendship

Cicero was born on January 3, 106 B.C.   The Roman politician and attorney Marcus Tullius Cicero was born on January 3, 106 BC and passed away on December 7, 43 BC.  Coming from a wealthy family of the Roman … Continue reading

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