Author Archives: Uncomely and Broken

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Ubi, Ubi Tu, Scooby Doo?

Okay, so evidently I have time enough on my hands not just to watch but to take notes on an episode from What’s New, Scooby-Doo? called “Pompeii and Circumstance,” which aired in February 2003. Suffer along with me, won’t you? … Continue reading

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Introduction to the revised edition of “Latin and Greek As Used at Sewanee”

From a Sewanee Features piece last year, some of you will know that I am planning on publishing (at some point in the near but as yet undetermined future) a revised edition of the little pamphlet, Latin and Greek as … Continue reading

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Electra and Orestes on a White-Ground Lekythos?

I visited the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore for the first time yesterday, and kicked myself for waiting so long to go. What a marvelous collection of art in general and antiquities in particular. The sarcophagi alone are worth the … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Sen. Alexander about Betsy DeVos

Dear Senator Alexander, As a former School Board member in Franklin County and professor of Classics at the University of the South, I am writing this afternoon to ask you to vote against Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. … Continue reading

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Sewanee: Two Bird’s-eye Views

  My friend Jerry Smith recently posted the second photo on Facebook–I’m not entirely sure who took it, but perhaps he will let me know. The sepia print of Sewanee’s campus from 1910 was made by Arthur J. Elder–this is … Continue reading

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To Hear About a Martyr and a Hero

I had been prepared yesterday to talk about kings and prophets, but instead got to hear about a martyr and a hero. Friday was the day before Fall Break here in Sewanee, and my last class of the week was the … Continue reading

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Letter to the UDC

A letter to Mrs. Ginger Delius, President of the Kirby-Smith chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Tullahoma, TN, printed in the Sewanee Purple. Dear Mrs. Delius, Many thanks for your letter of September 14th, sent to me … Continue reading

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