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To Hate God Is To Love Death: The Failure Of Eros And Thanatos In Homer’s Iliad

In Proverbs 8:35-36, during the song of wisdom, Solomon writes the following concerning wisdom:  “For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.”  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Iliad

The Iliad, by Homer, translated by W.H.D. Rouse I read this book as part of a fairly frequent attempt to review various ancient sources of Greek writing.  I had read much of the epic Greek poem (this version is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bloom’s Notes: Homer’s Iliad

Bloom’s Notes:  Homer’s Iliad, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom Before reading Homer’s Iliad (again, I read it at least once before in the time before I wrote book reviews for everything I read), I thought it would … Continue reading

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Book Review: Works And Days, Theogony, And The Shield Of Heracles (Poetry)

Works And Days, Theogony, And The Shield Of Heracles (Poetry), translated by Richmond Lattimore From time to time I like to engage in various syntopical reading projects [1], where I will read multiple books on the same subject to see … Continue reading

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Book Review: Works And Days, Theogony, And The Shield Of Hercules (Prose)

Works And Days, Theogony, And The Shield Of Hercules (Prose), by Hesiod, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White As part of my personal project to read what is available of Greek classics in translation, at least to better understand the classical … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greeks (Ancients In Their Own Words)

Greeks (Ancients In Their Own Words), by Michael Kerrigan This book is a very short one (barely over 50 pages) and meant for younger readers, but for older readers who want to read about what the ancient Greeks said and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greek Lyrics

Greek Lyrics, translated by Richmond Lattimore I must admit I found this book a lot more humorous than I thought it would be.  Part of this comes from the poems themselves, which show a great deal of emotional variety and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Days Of Socrates

The Last Days Of Socrates, by Plato This classic translation of some of Plato’s works is united around the theme of Plato’s writings about the trial and death of Socrates.  At a reasonable size (around 200 pages including the endnotes), … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ripples Of Battle

Ripples Of Battle:  How Wars Of The Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think, by Victor Davis Hanson This book has a deeply poignant feel to it that makes it a very worthwhile book … Continue reading

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Book Review:Wars Of The Ancient Greeks

Wars Of The Ancient Greeks, by Victor Davis Hanson In this book we find out something quite intriguing–how the author pays to keep his farm in operation and at the same time lament the passing of the yeoman farmers of … Continue reading

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