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Did You Know That Your Soul Has Twenty Six Powers?

Though I never saw it with my own eyes, it is said that the two words “Know thyself” were inscribed over the entrance to the Temple at Delphi. γνῶθι σεαυτόν That the seven wise men of Greece chose to have … Continue reading

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

I’m not so certain that I want to be king of Scotland anymore.   After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth with my students, I am having a difficult time shaking off a sense that life is meaningless when worldly ambition is the governing … Continue reading

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The Attempt And Not The Deed Confounds Us.

Of all the authors we should compel our students to read, surely no one is so foolhardy as to demand a reason for reading Shakespeare.   I can forgive the one who asks, Why should students read Aeschylus? Or Why do you force them … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Lying (A Useful Example)

I can’t remember which pope said something to the effect that a thorough reading of Shakespeare constituted a complete education in Ethics. I was struck by that today, reading Macbeth Act iv scene 3. Ross enters fresh from Scotland and … Continue reading

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γνῶθι σαὐτόν Know thyself

I am reading Macbeth with my ninth grade English Literature class and was particularly delighted with this little nugget of wisdom in Act 4 scene 2. Lady MacDuff has just discovered that her husband has fled and Ross is attempting … Continue reading

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