Tag Archives: Ancient Rome

Juxtaposin’: Iconoclasm

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: You, therefore, have not ordered the temples to be shut up, nor forbidden any to frequent them: nor have you driven from the temples or the altars, fire or frankincense, or other honours of incense. But … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Refugees

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There will be more calls in the coming days to close the United States’ borders to refugees, and in France and the rest of Europe, those voices will likely be deafening. Already in the midst of … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: Selling Out The Provincials

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Because the military position of the imperial government in the fifth century was weak, and because the Germanic invaders could be appeased, the Romans on occasion made treaties with particular groups, formally granting them territory on which to … Continue reading

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“The Classical Language of Architecture” by John Summerson

Blowhard, Esq. writes: PR recommended this one to me and I found it to be a great little intro to classical building. The book is actually the transcript of six talks that Summerson, an architectural historian, gave on the BBC in … Continue reading

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Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over the heather the wet wind blows,I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.The rain comes pattering out of the sky,I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,My … Continue reading

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Time Machine

epiminondas writes: Everyone has the fantasy wish of going back in time for a brief visit.  But assuming you had only one trip you could take, where would you go?  I’ve thought about this quite a lot.  Obsessively, actually. Some … Continue reading

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