Homer’s Epic of the Family

By |2018-10-17T10:47:08-05:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Books, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Wisdom|

This is the ultimate message of Homer’s two epics: Where family is found, life is found; where family is found, true beauty is found; where family is found, piety is found; where family is dissolved, only death and destruction follows... The Trojan War, for our Homeric heroes, begins with marital infidelity and succumbing to temptation, [...]

Modeling Manhood: From Homer to Paul

By |2019-06-17T16:50:44-05:00October 6th, 2018|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Family, Homer, Odyssey|

In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, a Greek war hero faces imposing challenges in his long journey home. After decimating the armies of Troy, King Odysseus sets out for Ithaca only to find himself wrestling against more formidable foes. For ten years the whims of gods and the winds of fate hinder his journey, while a [...]

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the “Odyssey” & “Iliad”

By |2018-11-21T08:38:34-06:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey|

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Iliad (326 pages, Paul Dry Books, 2002) "Reading Homer's poems is one of the purest, most inexhaustible pleasures life has to offer—a secret somewhat too well kept in our time. The aim of this book is to tell anyone who might care–first-time, second-time, or third-time [...]

The Family & the Orchard: The Story of Civilization in the “Odyssey”

By |2020-03-12T11:00:11-05:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Family, Homer, Love, Mitchell Kalpakgian, Odyssey|

The planting of trees in the orchard—the passing down of tradition, of the moral wisdom of the past, of the torch of life, and of the beauty of life’s simplest but richest and pleasures—produces the great harvest of joy that culminates in the final chapters of the Odyssey. Editor’s Note: Imaginative Conservative Senior Contributor Mitchell Kalpakgian passed [...]

Honor and Fame

By |2019-10-16T15:49:36-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Conservatism, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Homer, Plato, William Shakespeare, Wyoming Catholic College|

Should honor and fame no longer be ends of ambition in such a world? The ancient philosophers doubted the ultimate merit of fame, but they also looked for the most spirited students, those most inclined to “undertake extensive and arduous enterprises"... In response to my essay about baptizing ambition, a friend from Boston College recommended [...]

Preface to the “Iliad” of Homer

By |2018-09-14T12:28:23-05:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Books, Homer, Iliad|

Homer is universally allowed to have had the greatest invention of any writer whatever. The praise of judgment Virgil has justly contested with him, and others may have their pretensions as to particular excellences; but his invention remains yet unrivalled... Editorial Note: This essay was originally published as Alexander Pope's Preface to the Iliad of Homer. The [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2019-06-06T02:47:47-05:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Classics, E.B., Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Odyssey, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

An odyssey is an adventurous and searching journey, or an intellectual or spiritual quest. It is the proper name for the life of learning. One can shape one’s own odyssey into a journey that lacks neither enchantment nor definition… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Eva [...]

The First Question and The Illiad

By |2018-04-14T02:28:05-05:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Classics, Education, Great Books, Homer, Humanities, Iliad, Liberal Learning|

To the extent that I am a human person, Homer’s Iliad speaks to me, but my particular circumstances are my own. As a result, a great question will help all people, including me, and so might be applicable to my peculiar place in space and time without being exhausted by it… In one week I’m [...]

Does Love Always Lead to Suffering?

By |2019-07-10T23:22:04-05:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Ethics, George Stanciu, Homer, Love, Plato, Religion, St. Augustine|

Much of suffering is an impenetrable mystery. But to a limited degree, we are able to understand suffering if we can come to understand what love is… Pope John Paul II, in Salvifici Doloris, writes, “Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering.”[1] He then quotes the Old Testament to illustrate the spectrum of human suffering: [...]

Generations of Leaves

By |2019-04-02T15:07:07-05:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Arts, Plato, Wyoming Catholic College|

Everything in nature changes—but love strives for the immortal. What keeps the form of a college supple and stable must be love for something essentially unchanging and yet eternally young, the “beauty so ancient and so new”… Listening to this year’s seniors present their orations last week at Wyoming Catholic College, I found myself [...]

“On First Looking Into an Abridged Homer”

By |2018-03-04T14:20:11-06:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: Great Books, Homer, Poetry|

For Exander, on his second birthday In this egalitarian age of trans(en)gendered equivalencies work-product art exists, no more or less, as a fungible proxy for any other unit of work-product art; none are good, so there can be none better; to be deemed best but sleight-of-hand prestige: counterfeit currency for consumption. This present is nothing [...]