Remember the Greek Enlightenment?
July 11, 2014
Neither does Greece, to judge by its government.
Opera Is Not Dead
May 26, 2013
Two excellent historians of opera have written a large and ebullient history of opera. It is odd that the book should end with a whimper, but it does.
How Christianity Spread: the 1% and the 99% in Ancient Rome
November 16, 2012
A startling new book on the distribution of wealth in early Christianity
September 04, 2010
For more on Bernard Knox, please read an extraordinary report of his heroism in World War II and a collection of his best pieces for TNR. The death of Bernard Knox has impoverished not just contemporary classical scholarship but the humanities as a whole. In choosing him as its Jefferson Lecturer in 1992, the National Endowment for the Humanities could not have found a more ardent or eloquent spokesman for its mission.
Unquiet Flows the Don
October 05, 2009
Maurice Bowra: A Life By Leslie Mitchell (Oxford University Press, 385 pp., $50) As warden of Wadham College in Oxford, president of the British Academy, the author of well-known books on ancient Greek literature, and a conversationalist of legendary brilliance, Maurice Bowra seemed, in the middle of the last century, the very embodiment of Oxford life. Enjoying a huge international reputation as a scholar, a wit, and an administrator, he was duly elected into prestigious academies and awarded honorary degrees in both Europe and America. George VI knighted him in 1951.
The Pen and the Baton
October 09, 2006
Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera By Philip Gossett