Archive for Sean Easton

Socrates on the stand in Russia (The Pussy Riot Case)…

This is from NYT’s ‘The Stone Links’ from a few months back (Aug. 22, 2012 to be exact). It’s background is the sentencing (to a 2 year prison term) of the 3 members of the punk band Pussy Riot in response to their leaping onto an altar in a Russian Orthodox church during services and […]

Stoic Week is here!

From the intro to the piece: “Live like a Stoic! Week: 26 November to 3 December. An interdisciplinary team of psychotherapists, philosophers and classicists are working together to find out the uses of stoicism for the modern day and you can too, by taking part in Stoic Week.”   The link is here.

Rome, Cats, and Ruins

A modern Roman cat colony finds that it has run afoul of archaeologists. The rest is here.

Have we Homer’s Ithaca?

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has been captivated by, if not quite the Homeric question, at least a close cousin to it. If Odysseus was ever in any sense real, where was his Ithaca? Or if he wasn’t, but his Ithaca was, where was it? Not in the same place as the modern Ithaca, […]

Want a lucrative career and a humanities major? Read on…

Greg Kaster from History brought this interesting article to faculty attention. It notes that the business world is in fact showing greater interest than ever in hiring humanities majors. The link is here.

Major Latin Lit News: 71 New Manuscripts of Ovid have been Uncovered.

This brief article (in English) is followed by a slightly more informative article in Spanish. It’s not certain how big this news is yet. It looks like the manuscripts are mostly of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This is possibly at least somewhat frustrating news for the editors of the most recent critical editions of that text, though […]

Greek and Latin in China

The dialogue about the Greeks and Romans expands … The link is here. (HT Yurie Hong, Clara Shaw Hardie)

‘The Thucydides Trap’

The future of relations between the United States and China: a very modern reason for reading this very ancient historian.  The link is here.

New York Times Review of ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’

It’s back. The STARZ gladiatorial drama where dialogue has been known to appear between acts of sex and violence has returned for a short prequel series about the ludus of Battiatus before the arrival of Spartacus. The actor playing the title character had to take a temporary leave from the series to undergo cancer treatment.  […]