“Surely there is a mine for silver And a place where they refine gold. “Iron is taken from the dust, And copper is smelted from rock. “Man puts an end to darkness, And to the farthest limit he searches out The rock in gloom and deep shadow. “He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten […]
Read More Simple Samples: Where is Wisdom?
When thinking of aides that can help in understanding some of the greater works of antiquity, Music of the Republic is something modern readers can take to with full confidence. Eva Brann engages with The Republic of Plato in a way that is engaging and refreshing. This is a collection of essays that would benefit […]
Read More Recommended: Music of the Republic
Currently (and always) in the United States people are concerned about justice. Regardless of where you stand in any particular topic, the appeal to authority everyone points to is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This is beneficial because there is at least an objective document to that we agree to have some form […]
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I believe hermeneutics is probably the most important subject someone should learn, even more so for those who believe the Bible is the word of God. This is because it’s the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation- and it can be applied to writings in any age. So whether you are getting into classical […]
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I turned, then, to that shade who seemed to be the most intent to speak, and I began, moved by an overwhelming urge, to say “O well-created soul who, in the rays of endless life, enjoy that sweetness which, till truly tasted, never can be known, how happy it would make me if you were […]
Read More Simple Samples: Paradiso Canto III
Lifting his mouth from his horrendous meal, this sinner first wiped off his messy lips In the hair remaining on the chewed-up skull Then spoke: “You want me to renew a grief So desperate that just the thought of it, Much less the telling, grips my heart with pain; But if my words can be […]
Read More Simple Samples: Inferno Canto XXXIII
Here’s something to consider when coming to the classics: words have meaning to them. That may seem simple enough to understand that it should bear no repeating, but it is something that needs to be discussed. The idea that words communicate meaning is an assumption (as this writing would be meaningless otherwise), what should not […]
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