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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives – Themistocles

We have previously discussed Plutarch’s Lives as well as Plutarch himself. Please refer to these prior posts for more information on both.  As to Themistocles, we have yet much to learn. Themistocles was an Athenian politician and general who lived … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – That to Philosophise Is to Learne How to Die – Montaigne

“Que sçay-je?” “What do I know?” – Montaigne, in an Apology for Raymond Sebond Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne lived from February 28, 1533 through September 13, 1592.   Considered one of the significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Chronicles of Froissart – Battle of Poitiers

The Battle of Poitiers is dated at September 22, 1356 We have previously discussed The Chronicles of Froissart.  This past discussion should be read for additional information. With respect to the Battle of Poitiers, this was a major English victory in the … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Aeneid – Vergil

Virgil is believed to have died on September 21, 19 B. C. Pubilious Vergilius Maro was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period.  During his time, he wrote three of the most famous poems in Latin Literature.  These are … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Qur’an – The Medina Suras

Mohammed arrived at Kuba after “The Flight”  on September 20, 622. Although not my faith, it is important that we understand the beliefs of others.  This particular part of the Qur’an, the al-Nisa has a few themes in which we … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Don Quixote – Cervantes

Cervantes was ransomed from Moorish slavery on September 19, 1580. Don Quixote is also know by its full title The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha.  It is the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra which was published in … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Two Years Before the Mast – Dana

We have previously touched on several aspects of the literary classic Two Years Before the Mast by Dana.  Today we will discuss the ship on which this story takes place.  As mentioned before, this was indeed a real ship.  The Pilgrim … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – The Selected Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier passed away on September 17, 1892.   But before he did he left quite a legacy behind for future generations to learn from and treasure. “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Holinshed’s Chronicles

We have previously taken a broad overview of the work called Holinshed’s Chronicles.  Today we will take a further look at this with respect to William Harrison’s input and with particular emphasis on Elizabethan punishments. William Harrison was chaplain to Lord … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Washington’s Farewell Address – George Washington

There are contradictory reports of when George Washington’s Farewell Address was first published.  I will stick with the date being September 15, 1796 until I can confirm otherwise.  This is the date I have read previously.  The second date I … Continue reading

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