Tag Archives: Tacitus

O Voltaire! O Humanity! O Idiocy!

With the completion of the Histories of Tacitus, we have finished another volume in the GBWW series. This week we continue our readings in Roman history with our first foray into Gibbon. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Nietzsche Throws Bombs

I failed to mention last week that we finished yet another volume of the Great Books of the Western World series when we wrapped up Spinoza’s Ethics. I forget exactly how many that makes, but we’ve already knocked out several … Continue reading

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Ibsen Didn’t Like Marriage Much, I Guess

Where else on the internet will you read Aristotle and Nietzsche as part of the same assignment? Nowhere that I know of; that’s my Unique Selling Proposition. Let’s get to it! Here are the readings for the coming week: Candide … Continue reading

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“I Do Bite My Thumb, Sir”

We continue to plug along in the Great Books Project, and I believe we will have caught up with our original schedule within a couple of weeks. (Recall that I lost a week due to travels and workload some time … Continue reading

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Another Volume Completed

This week in the Great Books Project we put back on the shelf for the last time Volume 9 of the Gateway to the Great Books series. That leaves just Volume 5 (in which only one unread essay remains) before … Continue reading

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The Wrath of Heaven against the Roman State

We’ve now completed the Annals of Tacitus and are poised to finish Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class this week. I’m going to celebrate by reading another Shakespeare play, something particularly appropriate in light of Shakespeare’s role in the T.S. … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burned?

Now that we’ve finished Dante’s epic, we can read commentary on it from one of the 20th century’s great minds. It’s a nice way to pass our 4,000th page of Imaginative Literature this week. Here are the readings for the … Continue reading

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“I Smile at Your Childish Thought”

Welcome to a very tardy Great Books post. This week we take a break from Epictetus in order to read a short treatise by Aristotle (yes, such a thing does exist). Here are the readings for the coming week: The … Continue reading

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How Many Psychoanalysts Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

How many do you think it takes? (Get it?) Here are the readings for the coming week: The Divine Comedy: Paradiso by Dante Alighieri, Cantos I-XVI (GBWW Vol. 19, pp. 90-111) “In How Many Ways Appearances Exist” by Epictetus (GBWW … Continue reading

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If the World Stinks, It’s Not God’s Fault

This week we pass 13,000 pages in the Great Books Project. And I don’t care who you are; you have to admit that a program where you read Dante, Freud, and Plato all in the same week is at least … Continue reading

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