Category Archives: Rome

RIP, Barry Dennen

One morning, back in the summer of 2015, I made up my mind to go ahead with writing a book about Pontius Pilate in film. How much fun would that be, I thought? So many fine performances … but, of … 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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Rubio/L’Arringatore 

Marco Rubio bid the Republican race for president farewell last night, leaving the field open to either a dangerous demagogue or an inflexible ideologue to be the party’s candidate. I’ve been reading Sallust’s history of the Catilianarian conspiracy, and I … Continue reading

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Trump’s Small Hands: innuendo, insinuatio, what?

Late last month, Sen. Marco Rubio decided to get down into the gutter with demagogue Donald Trump. As the Washington Post reported it: He turned insults lobbed by Trump against the billionaire. He said the only reason Trump isn’t as sweaty … Continue reading

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A Flavian Lady in Chattanooga

When I was in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital recently to visit a friend, I passed by this bust on my way to the elevator. The baroness Marguerite Erlanger, wife of the French baron who endowed the hospital, was born Marguerite Mathilde Slidell (1842–1927), … Continue reading

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Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … 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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