Classics

Jane Austen Forever!

By |2018-11-28T21:34:42-06:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Classics, Culture, Education, Fiction, Jane Austen, Literature, Television|

Pick up a Jane Austen novel, and you will discover that behind the long gowns and country dances, people in her era struggled with the same weaknesses we struggle with today. Well-written stories like Austen’s bring to life the human drama that is played out in every age, in every heart… I’ve been reading [...]

Welcome to Colonus: The Theban Plays of Sophocles

By |2019-05-14T17:29:20-06:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Antigone, Books, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Tradition|

I’m uncertain of the joy of reading the Theban plays of Sophocles—the story is just too monstrous—but in accord with the awe. This translation conveys it… Sophocles: The Theban Plays, translated by David R. Slavitt (256 pages, Yale University Press, 2009) This is the most stripped-down version of the three Theban plays of Sophocles [...]

Music of the Republic

By |2018-07-13T22:00:54-06:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classics, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Music, Plato, St. John's College, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

Music pervades our lives and always has. It has taken you outside of yourselves and taken you deep within. It has been associated with things divine… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Christopher Nelson as he explores the music of the Republic of the United States [...]

Finding Your “Why”

By |2018-07-07T15:50:14-06:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

What enabled men like Athanasius, Augustine, and Aquinas to discover their “why” in ages past can still transform young men and women today… Over the years, I have discovered that nearly every time I come across an especially pithy, insightful, beautifully-expressed quotation, it seems to be attributable either to Winston Churchill or Mark Twain. [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2019-06-06T02:47:47-06:00June 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 |2018-04-14T02:28:05-06:00April 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 [...]

The Classical Tradition in Antebellum America

By |2019-03-10T14:03:22-06:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Featured|Tags: , |

The classical curriculum remained the educational gold standard in nineteenth-century America. In fact, its influence grew, as women’s academies with a classical curriculum were founded all over the expanding nation… The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States by Carl J. Richard (Harvard University Press, 2009) With [...]

Homer’s “Odyssey” Is a Gift

By |2018-08-15T15:12:46-06:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Classics, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” So begins Homer’s Odyssey. Long ago I launched my ship in pursuit of the true, the good, and [...]

How Latin Helps Us Learn

By |2019-09-19T13:10:47-06:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: Classics, Education, Featured|

By nixing Latin instruction from our schools, have we knocked the feet out from under generations of students, leaving them to struggle through the fog of schooling and literacy on their own…? A little over a year ago, it was reported that Australian schoolchildren were suddenly making dramatic gains in a number of subjects. [...]

Was Dante Wrong to Name the People He Put in Hell?

By |2018-11-26T16:28:47-06:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Dante, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Religion|

Might Dante not have been better served had he peopled the Hell of his Divine Comedy with fictional characters of his own invention, instead of actually naming them and therefore damning them?… If one were asked to name the greatest work of literature of all time, there would be only a handful of serious contenders. [...]

Mercy and the Liberal Arts

By |2019-09-03T15:08:32-06:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Classics, Liberal Arts|

Inasmuch as mercy is a human virtue, and the liberal arts are human education, the virtue of mercy is precisely the sort of thing one will explore in a good liberal arts curriculum… I would like to begin by drawing attention to the title of our symposium, “Mercy and the Liberal Arts.” It’s an intuitive [...]