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 [...]

The Classical Tradition in Antebellum America

By |2019-03-10T14:03:22-05:00May 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 |2020-03-27T18:00:58-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Classics, Essential, 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 |2019-09-19T13:10:47-05:00April 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 |2019-09-03T15:08:32-05:00December 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 [...]

Reading the “Illiad” in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-08-07T00:18:23-05:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

It is impossible to love both the victors and the vanquished, as the Iliad does, except from the place, outside the world, where God’s Wisdom dwells… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Cicero Bruce as he considers the Iliad in light of eternity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher [...]

Why Read Old (Pagan) Books?

By |2019-09-24T10:19:31-05:00November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Featured, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

At the end of each semester, I inevitably have one or two well-meaning students who are still unsure why they were asked to devote so much time and care to reading, annotating, and discussing archaic Greek literature. They enjoyed reading Homer. They liked our conversations in class, but, at the end of the course, [...]

An American Augustan Age of Literature

By |2016-12-08T10:56:00-06:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Cicero, Classics, Featured, Great Books, History, Virgil|

The Augustan Age refers to a time period broadly revolving around the restoration of order (if not necessarily liberty) at the end of the Roman republic and the beginning of the empire—roughly 50BC to 120AD. Many scholars label it the “Silver Age of Roman Literature.” Every one of the authors listed below held numerous [...]

On Classical Studies

By |2019-08-27T16:41:26-05:00October 16th, 2016|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Liberal Learning, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Eric Voegelin as he explores the importance of studying the classics. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A reflection on classical studies, their purpose and prospects, will properly start from Wolf’s definition of classic philology as the study of man’s nature as it has [...]

Living Well On Earth & Entering Heaven: The Nineteen Types of Judgment

By |2016-09-11T00:13:00-05:00September 11th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Classics, Liberal Learning, Plato, Reason, Socrates, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Kreeft as he explores the nineteen types of judgment as they pertain to human, angels, and the Divine. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher There are at least nineteen different kinds of judgment that we should distinguish. I’m sorry I could not [...]

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