Tag Archives: Aeneid

The GOP’s Trojan Horse: A Coup Attempt?

The Trojans, thinking the Greeks have left, let their guard down. Are Democrats being overly complacent about the prospect of a GOP coup?

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On Soothing Riotous Mobs

“Aeneid” has a passage that brings the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to mind. And shows how a great leader would have handled it.

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Saving the Classics from Ideologues

A Univ. of Chicago classicist fears the alt-right will appropriate the classics for their own ends.

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Post of the Year: Plagues in Literature

A survey of literature through the ages that has dealt with plagues.

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Apocalyptic Fire Ravages the Nation

For literary equivalents of the west coast fires, look to “The Aeneid” and to Vasily Grossman’s “Life and Fate.”

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In a Dark Time, Beowulf Was My Virgil

If Dante had his Virgil, I have Beowulf. Both poets helped up negotiate dark times.

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Better Living through Virgil

When lost in deep depression, Dante turns to his favorite author, Virgil, to help him out.

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In Aeneid, It’s the Wives Who Riot

The riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death recall for me the wives rioting in the Aeneid–another neglected and long-suffering group who are fed up.

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A Literary Survey of What Plagues Mean

A survey of how literary authors have grappled for meaning in times of pestilence bolsters our own search. I look at Sophocles, Virgil, Defoe, Porter, Camus, King, Mandel, Atwood, and Erdrich.

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