Category Archives: Philosophy

“It’s not a person, damn it, it’s a Borg!” (Hypostasising Hugh)

The quotation in the title of this post is a line from Capt Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 23, ‘I, Borg.’ The Enterprise has on board a Borg … Continue reading

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How do you want to live (truly live) your life?

My friend and fellow ancient historian Katie posted a link to an article on brain pickings called ‘The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather than Living Long.’ Seneca was a very clever guy, … Continue reading

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What makes a classic?

I once flew from Cyprus to Egypt and was stuck in Larnaca airport during a very long delay with a somewhat paranoid guy who does security for missionary organisations. One of the topics that briefly surfaced in our strange conversation … Continue reading

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First thoughts upon finishing City of God

City of God by Augustine of Hippo My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is simply an initial reaction book review. Further and deeper thoughts will follow on a blog somewhere… I have finished reading City of God. It is … Continue reading

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Discover the Third Century

So, if you want to discover Late Antiquity, there are lots of ways/places to start. You could go thematically — that is, finding topics that interest you (Roman art in the period, or Christology, or epic poetry, or the reception … Continue reading

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Discover Late Antiquity

I promise my brother, Michael, that I have a couple of fantasy-related posts up my sleeve, hopefully to appear in the next week. But first, I thought I would give you this post, the first in what I plan to … Continue reading

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Sagas and the wider world of mediaeval literature

There’s an episode of Frasier wherein Frasier and Niles go out for dinner at a restaurant where everything is almost perfect — except for one, small detail (I forget which) that they can nitpick. Daphne says, ‘Ah, just the way … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ & The Chariots of the Gods

I actually contemplated writing a proper ‘article’ on this subject for a little while, then I decided not to. But, having just rewatched ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ tonight, I can’t help from at least blogging about it. Three bits follow … Continue reading

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The Letters of Seneca

As part of the grandeur of my PhD, I’m reading a vast swath of Latin letters, as this post and this other post on Cicero’s letters attest, not to mention this brief discussion of a passage from Pliny’s letters. My … Continue reading

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Sometimes the philosophers are talking straight to me

My greatest of the temporal consolations (let’s leave the Divine out of the equation for now) is not a lovely garden or a good book or a warm cup of tea or a Slurpee or playing ‘guess the Emperor’. The … Continue reading

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