Category Archives: Military

How bloodthirsty democracies can be: a message from Michael Portillo

So, my former student Kayce Mobley (now a Ph.D, and tenure-track professor!) and I gave this paper last year comparing the situation of the Mytilene Rebellion described in Thucydides to the East Rising in Dublin from 1916. It was wonderful … Continue reading

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You have heard of Gettysburg, but does it haunt you?

It was just about two years ago that my late friend Michael, about whom I’ve written before, and I had the following exchange on Facebook chat. He was very Southern and conservative in his manner, and I am very neither. … Continue reading

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Damnatio Memoriae Sevaniae

A year or so ago, I had an exchange with the United Daughter of the Confederacy about the monument to CSA General Edmund Kirby-Smith on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I teach. My … Continue reading

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What’s in a Place-name?

Metonomasia is an obscure term– it’s not even found in the OED!– but it’s a real thing, the alteration of a place-name. Very often this takes place for political reasons: think of the change of St. Petersburg to Leningrad and … 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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What hidden scorn you must have for yourself

Marcus Vinicius: That beggar-faced philosopher shouldn’t be filling your luscious little head with nonsense. Lygia: How could I expect you to understand? MV: I wish you were a slave as I first thought! I would have offered a price for … Continue reading

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Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie

Below is an exchange I had recently with Chrigel Glanzmann, the lead singer of Eluveitie, the Swiss folk metal band on whose work I’m writing I’ve written an essay (comparing it to Charles Gleyre’s “The Romans Going Under the Yoke”).  … Continue reading

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