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Romans and the Other

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus" Ancient Rome can be … Continue reading Romans and the Other

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Talking about suicide: The Roman Civil Wars

Recently, I quickly taught about the Roman civil wars.  I mentioned Cato the Younger killing himself at Utica, Brutus and Cassius's suicides at Philippi, and Antony and Cleopatra's suicides after the Battle of Actium.  During my first class about the civil wars, I started to feel awkward talking about all these suicides, and I wondered … Continue reading Talking about suicide: The Roman Civil Wars