Augustine’s “City of God”: The First Culture War

By |2020-08-15T17:14:32-05:00August 15th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Culture War, Love, Paul Krause, Rome, Senior Contributors, St. Augustine|

In “The City of God,” Augustine systematically lays bare the empty ideology of the city of man and the Roman empire in a breathtaking counter-narrative that remains remarkably modern and relevant for today. In contrast to the city of man, the City of Love, Augustine argues, is the godly city to which Christians belong [...]

Roman Death Masks and the Role of Memory

By |2020-07-31T17:06:50-05:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Art, Culture, Death, History, Patriotism, Rome|

Roman death masks—called “imagines”—were actually wax models impressed directly on the face during life, and they bore a remarkable likeness to the person. Displayed during the funerals of the elite, they served as a link between the present and the past and were meant to inspire attendees to patriotic virtue. The recent defacement of [...]

By Razor or Fire: Should the Church “Baptize” Stoicism?

By |2020-06-06T19:30:06-05:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Philosophy, Rome, Stoicism|

O think me worth thine anger, punish me, Burn off my rusts, and my deformity, Restore thine image, so much, by thy grace, That thou mayst know me, and I’ll turn my face. –John Donne, from “Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward” What is the Christian to do when faced with secular thought that speaks [...]

Plutarch’s “Lives”: A Tale of Spiritual & Moral Instruction

By |2019-07-18T08:36:02-05:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, History, Morality, Paul Krause, Plutarch, Rome, Senior Contributors|

Plutarch’s “Parallel Lives” is a profoundly spiritual and moral work, and one which calls each and every one of us to become great men and not to remain in the shadow of the great men of history who may, in fact, have been petty instead of great. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, better known as Plutarch, [...]

A Long & Living Tradition: Architecture, Ancient and Modern

By |2018-06-19T23:48:25-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Civilization, Culture, Europe, Rome|

Leon Battista Alberti’s work remains a guidebook for those who value the traditions of both classical and post-Renaissance European architecture. To read Alberti today is to discover an essential link in that long and living tradition… Like a signal from the past, Leon Battista Alberti’s De re aedificatoria—On the Art of Building, completed in [...]

Looking for Camillus: Why We Need Great Men

By |2019-08-06T17:19:49-05:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Glenn Arbery, History, Homer, Rome, Western Civilization, Wyoming Catholic College|

What happens to the Romans in the absence of their greatest man, Camillus? Crushing losses, near-obliteration. Not to honor what is best and highest—in fact, to insult it, to belittle it, to attribute base motives to it: What can follow except an arrogant forgetfulness that preludes disaster?… Titus Livius (or Livy), the Roman historian [...]

The Sons of Remus and the Question of Western Identity

By |2018-06-21T23:33:03-05:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Books, Culture, Europe, Featured, History, Rome, Western Civilization|

The Sons of Remus provides a window into not only how European identities were formed, but how all societies engage in a constant process of negotiation and renegotiation in determining who they are, where they came from, and where they are going… The Sons of Remus by Andrew C. Johnston (432 pages, Harvard University Press, 2017) Our [...]

The Mysterious Origins of the Roman Republic

By |2020-04-20T21:41:13-05:00November 14th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Civil Society, History, Plato, Rome, Western Odyssey Series|

Exactly how the Roman republic came into existence remains shrouded in mystery. Critically so. As with our tradition of English common law and the necessity of knowing that its origins are “beyond the memory of man,” from “time immemorial,” “ancient beyond memory or record,” and “time out of mind,” so it is with the [...]

Clash of Civilizations: Greece or Rome?

By |2019-11-14T14:57:58-06:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Civilization, Culture, History, Rome, Virgil, Western Civilization|

Join Boris Johnson, Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, as they debate the significance of the world's most timeless civilizations: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Mr. Johnson defends the culture, art, and philosophy of Ancient Greece, while Dr. Beard argues for the supremacy [...]

Historical Consciousness & the Roman Road

By |2017-07-08T07:46:09-05:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Conservatism, Featured, History, Literature, Poetry, Rome, Timeless Essays|

The Roman Road is nothing less than the royal road of all adult historical consciousness. That road is the way of the imaginative conservative, who does not throw away the all-connecting vision of childhood, and then replace it with another, “more sophisticated” way of thinking… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers [...]

The Crossing of the Rubicon

By |2020-01-06T21:56:02-06:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Poetry, Rome, Western Civilization|

Caesar has crossed the Alps, his mighty soul Great tumults pondering and the coming shock. Now on the marge of Rubicon, he saw, In face most sorrowful and ghostly guise, His trembling country's image; huge it seemed Through mists of night obscure; and hoary hair Streamed from the lofty front with turrets crowned: Torn were [...]

Pizza Romana: The Mediterranean Diet and the Founding of Rome

By |2018-10-09T13:09:35-05:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Aeneas, Aeneid, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Rome, Virgil|

There is a classic passage in Vergil’s Aeneid in which Anchises commends to future Romans what is, in effect, the “mission statement” for the Roman Empire. In these lines, the father of Aeneas is telling us what his son Aeneas, the Trojan who has journeyed from the fallen city of Troy, will set in [...]

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