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A Forest of Symbols

The author of this book about symbolism, Andrei Pop, sets a very high bar for what he is attempting to achieve. He identifies a “present crisis in the humanities”...

In Search of the Soul

I have always believed that the easiest place to lose oneself is inside one’s own head; of course, it’s the only place to find one’s self too.  Or, at...

Fictions of Certitude

“Quite a long, long time ago, when huge shadows were thrown upon the earth but their sources were unknown and men still wandered in rags upon the earth, there...

The Origin of Atoms

The object of this study by Wake Forest University professor T. Gellar-Goad is the poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) by Lucretius. It dates from around...

The Challenge of Nietzsche

I say that William Shakespeare was the first and last man in history to be right about everything on which he spoke; however, I say that Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)...

Trump’s Niece: He Exists in a Dark Space

Mary Trump, niece of Donald, states near the end of her book about the great deceiver that the Republican party's failure to confront his daily corruption has “led to...

The Greek Hero Ajax: Sophocles, Fate and PTSD

One of the iconic images from ancient times is that of two Greek heroes: Ajax holding the body of the slain Achilles. What ensued was a contest between Ajax...

Scribes of Space

The Archbishop of Seville, Isidore (560-636), established a telescoping set of units, beginning with the largest. He wrote “Our ancestors divided the world into parts. They put parts into...

The Secret of the Universe

One would not expect to find the secret of the universe in a mere novel, but if we read correctly a letter written by the novelist Joseph Conrad in...

New Perspectives on Virgil

The topic of this book by 13 collaborating Classics scholars is a text by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. It is not, however, about his most famous work, the...
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