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1 10, 2019

Alexander and Gaugamela #onthisday

By |2019-10-01T08:17:51-07:00October 1st, 2019|blog|0 Comments

On this day, October 1st, 331 BC, Alexander of Macedon won the battle of Gaugamela against the Persian king Darius and his army. That was pretty much the end of armed Persian resistance to Alexander's takeover. From that point on, Darius was a fugitive, and Alexander ruled the Persian Empire. Who was Alexander of Macedon? [...]

30 09, 2019

Metaphors, paradigms, Classics, and Medieval Europe

By |2019-09-30T08:23:31-07:00September 30th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

I'm just feeling my way toward this at the moment, so please bear with me, but I feel like the public-facing articles I see fall into three categories which can usefully be considered separately. This is not a new development, but it's one we might want to consider changing. First category: serious history In the [...]

29 09, 2019

William the Conqueror 1066

By |2019-09-29T14:35:10-07:00September 29th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

Well, I missed it yesterday, but September 28th was the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, when William the Conqueror and the Normans attacked England and conquered King Harold, and then took over ruling England. He left his wife, Matilda, to rule his land in Normandy (in France) for him, and to take [...]

25 09, 2019

“Genius” grant for Homer translator

By |2019-09-25T17:45:54-07:00September 25th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

I was so excited to see today that Emily Wilson got a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation! Congratulations, Professor Wilson! It's $625,000, distributed over five years, to do anything you want with. Some people use it to leave their jobs and work on what they love, other people use it to put on a [...]

24 09, 2019

Rosh Hashanah (Sunday-Tuesday)

By |2019-09-24T20:15:37-07:00September 24th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

Shana Tova! Happy New Year! Sunday will (finally) be Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. If you're wondering why the Jewish new year doesn't line up with the calendar New Year, it's because people actually celebrate New Years at different times for different reasons. What is Rosh Hashanah? History of the Jews Why do we [...]

24 09, 2019

Congratulations Professor Haley!

By |2019-09-24T06:36:05-07:00September 24th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

Professor Shelley Haley Delighted to announce that Shelley P. Haley has been elected to be the next president of the Society for Classical Studies. Professor Haley is the Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of Africana Studies and the Chair of the Classics Department at Hamilton College, in New York State. She [...]

22 09, 2019

Battle of Salamis – a good idea?

By |2019-09-22T07:19:45-07:00September 22nd, 2019|blog|0 Comments

The Greeks fought the Persian navy at the Battle of Salamis on this day, in 480 BC, almost 2500 years ago (that will be next year!). We tend to remember this battle as a triumph for independence, just like the American Revolutionary War against the British Empire. And they are the same in some ways. [...]

21 09, 2019

National Latin Exam frenzy

By |2019-09-21T08:20:07-07:00September 21st, 2019|blog|0 Comments

So, okay, maybe a small frenzy, because only a limited number of people are interested in the National Latin Exam, but if you are, this is what's been going on: People asked the National Latin Exam people to start tracking how many people of color took the exam, and whether they were under-represented given the [...]

20 09, 2019

First day of fall

By |2019-09-20T04:55:47-07:00September 20th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

It's not today! You can still enjoy one last weekend of summer! But the first day of fall is coming up Monday, and for why? Why does this happen? Why do the seasons change? Why do the leaves turn color? (At least, they do in New England, where I'm writing this; ymmv. Well, this is [...]