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The 300’s Prayer

A good bit: one particular rendering of the famous Spartan epitaph from Thermopylae: Go, way-farer, bear news to Sparta’s town That here, their bidding done, we laid us down. –rendered by Cyril E. Robinson

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Winners and Losers

I’m suspicious of “winners”.  Probably this is because I am not one, but I also think there is some good reason to be suspicious of the general social and moral mania for “winning”.  If some people must be winners, others … Continue reading

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Desire, Virtue, Reason

The active, ambitious man will not find Stoicism reasonable; neither the piscine voluptuary. But another, locked out of either of these currents, will be refreshed by it. Dorothy Sayers, commenting on Dante, pointed out that Socrates, Seneca, Epictetus and all … Continue reading

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Not a Milo, and yet….

Epictetus, Discourses, Book I, Chapter 2, somewhat abbreviated and digested: How a Man on every occasion can maintain his Proper Character To the rational animal only is the irrational intolerable; but that which is rational is tolerable. [That which is … Continue reading

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SHAMASH, Earth-Sustaining Star, Hear My Prayer

SHAMASH, Earth-Sustaining Star, brighten my daughter’s days and lighten her heart, grant her some buoyant equity in the desolate oppressiveness of school-days, watch for her tender Self to emerge, and lend it your beneficence, that she grow towards you and … Continue reading

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ROMAN CALENDRICAL TERMS

I notice that tomorrow will be QUIRINALIA, thanks to the FASTI Yahoo group and calendar (http://groups.google.com/group/fasti/subscribe?note=1), which gives one Roman calendar dates and directives for the next day. Not only had I forgotten that QUIRINALIA comes in February, and that … Continue reading

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Brainless Banks at It Again

Even after the bad-mortgage-fueled financial collapse of 2008, after all the political and media wrangling over ‘who’s to blame?’, even after that, the banks and their financially-predatory cousins are STILL on the make, STILL sending out ads for credit cards … Continue reading

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