Fear Looming Over the West

By |2015-11-14T23:51:57-06:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: Civilization, History, Modernity, Rome, Western Civilization|

Civilizations come and civilizations go. While some prove capable of inner renewal, there’s no guarantee that any given culture will maintain itself over long periods of time. Today, we continue to admire the achievements of Greece and Rome; however, as distinct living cultures, they’ve been dead for centuries. Many of us think of civilizational [...]

Why the Roman Empire Was an Empire Like No Other

By |2020-01-09T10:29:36-06:00November 9th, 2015|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Rome, Theology|

What made the Roman Empire an empire like no other was that it alone was the city that became an empire. Its distinctively republican civic form became propagated by the Roman Empire as it spread across Europe. It then became transmuted by its contact with Christianity, which gave birth to a mediating political form [...]

What Can the Roman Empire Teach Us?

By |2019-07-11T11:40:06-05:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, History, Liberty, Rome|

A look back at the disintegration of republicanism in the Roman Empire yields important lessons for contemporary American government. Will we demand actual liberty—including the authority truly to govern ourselves—or be content with its image? As the celebration of Constitution Day attests, Americans still honor our Constitution. But is it alive and well and [...]

The Essence of Missionary Christianity

By |2015-10-21T01:02:01-05:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Christopher Morrissey, History, Religion, Rome|

Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes intulit agresti Latio “When Greece was captured, she captivated her wild conqueror, and introduced the Arts into savage Rome” — Horace, Epistles, II.1.156 (trans. Laura E. Ludtke) Christopher Dawson has identified Six Ages in the history of the Church. In Dawson’s First Age, we witness a unique encounter [...]

A Teaching for Americans: Roman History and the Republic’s First Identity

By |2019-06-06T18:33:09-05:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Essential, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Republicanism, Rome, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join M.E. Bradford as he examines Roman history and the American founding. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The Federal District of Columbia, both in its formal character as a capital and also in its self-conscious attempt at a certain visual splendor, is, [...]

Of Majesty and Anarchy

By |2019-12-19T12:15:39-06:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Monarchy, Rome|

“… then Perceval was told that because he did not ask why the Lance bled or whom the Grail served, his land would become even more waste and desolate…” —Arthur C. L. Brown, The Bleeding Lance (1910) Once upon a time the luminous oracle of Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue consecrated the birth of a lonely and [...]

Revisiting Christopher Dawson on Culture

By |2015-10-08T09:36:08-05:00October 8th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Islam, Rome|

Remi Brague’s observation about the historical essence of Rome shows that “Romanity” is not an ideology. It is, rather, a powerful hypothesis, to be tested by the historical data. Brague crystallizes it into a striking form for disinterested, non-ideological historical inquiry: Rome is willing to come second. Christianity is the form of European culture,[1] [...]

The Essence of Rome: A Tale of Three Cities

By |2019-09-24T11:16:19-05:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Christopher Dawson, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Europe, Featured, History, Religion, Rome|

Leo Strauss liked to call to our attention the creative tension between Athens and Jerusalem. With Remi Brague, I would like to refocus our attention onto the apparent mediation of this creative tension that was accomplished by Rome. Now, I say that this accomplishment occurred by the apparent mediation of Rome, only to nod [...]

How Livy Predicted the Fall of America

By |2015-02-17T17:19:34-06:00February 16th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Civilization, Featured, Rome|

Can you imagine a Roman republican, reborn, walking the streets of Philadelphia in 1776? Or how about Lexington in 1775? Or perhaps Boston in 1765? What would he think of the American fondness for Rome and her republicanism? What would the Americans think of him? I am guessing that an American republican would be [...]

The Genius of Byzantium: Reflections on a Forgotten Empire

By |2019-08-08T14:45:10-05:00May 29th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Rome|Tags: |

“Le grand absent—c’est l’Empire” C. Dufour, Constantinople Imaginaire Everywhere Western man longs for Constantinople and nowhere has he any idea how to find her. To do so is to reclaim, at last, the meaning of an empire that once defined a hierarchy of imagination long ago abandoned by our civilization; of an eleven-century political, [...]