Movie Review: Invictus

Nelson Mandela’s recent struggles impelled me to rent the movie Invictus, which I had never seen. The movie was made in 2009, directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the Francois Pienaar, the captain of the Springboks, the South African Rugby team. One of the many cultural [...]

Save Social Security

The stated purpose of this blog is to promote knowledge of ancient history and understanding of how events of the distant past have shaped the world we live in today. I have used this site to review books, mostly historical fiction, but have occasionally reviewed a book with modern political significance. The weblog being a [...]

Book Review:For the Love of Ireland by Judy Lelsie

Much like the union between England and Ireland, the marriage of Margaret Sullivan and Alexander Sullivan was the proverbial “marriage made in Hell.” Margaret is a feisty and independent woman who defies the conventions of the late 19th century by having a career as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune. She married Alex with the [...]

What Shakespeare Owes to Plautus

Last Friday I was walking through New York’s Central Park on my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I passed the Delacorte Theater. There was a long line of people there and I inquired as to why they were standing there. They told me that the theater was giving out free tickets to [...]