Tag Archives: Rome

Shifting Dice

Shifting Dice by Michael Romani What exactly is behind the roll? Is it fate or probability? Belief in what controls Often shapes our reality To say that it depends on the nice Is to really not be very precise Roman … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Dryden – All For Love, Act III

It is said that Mark Antony offered Cæsar his crown at Rome on February 15, 44 B. C. We have previously discussed the life and legacy of English poet and playwright, John Dryden.  We have also discussed All For Love.  This … Continue reading

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Time Spent With The Harvard Classics: Tacitus – Germania

Born in approximately 56 AD, the Roman senator and historian, Tacitus wrote on historical subjects before his death in 120 AD.  The surviving portions of his two major works The Annals and The Histories examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Keats – Eve of St Agnes

Born on October 31, 1795, the English Romantic poet, John Keats, was among the main poets of the Romantic Era.  Initially, during his lifetime his poetry was not well received among critics.  But, by the end of the 19th century, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Pliny’s Letters

This was to be blogged yesterday.  Unfortunately, sometimes not feeling well gets the better of me.  I chose sleep over blogging.  Okay, truth be told, my body did.  I had duly set an alarm.  Better living through chemicals and a … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Virgil’s The Aeneid, Book 5

Due pressing time to get to other events that are necessities tonight such as visiting with my eldest daughter after her first canoe trip, let me suffice this to say we have discussed Virgil and The Aeneid previously. The Aendeid, … 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: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Be like a rocky promontory against which the restless surf continually pounds; it stands fast while the churning sea is lulled to sleep at its feet. I hear you say, “How unlucky that this should happen to me!” Not at … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Letters of Pliny the Younger

On August 24, 79 A.D., Pliny witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius.  His uncle, Pliny the Elder, passed away attempting to both investigation this horrendous event but also in helping fellow refugees.  In respect for that, we thought we should take … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Aeneid – Virgil

Arma virumque cano  – Virgil “I sing of arms and of a man…” Virgil’s masterpiece, the Aeneid is a Latin epic poem widely regarded as one of the greatest master works of that genre.  It is a retelling of the legend of … Continue reading

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