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Rome celebrates its 2,772nd birthday on 21 April which this year coincides with Easter Sunday festivities.

Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC.

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-celebrates-2772nd-birthday-on-21-april-2019.html?fbclid=IwAR2JHVq5i3WBucwYaprK9r5y0SdhPOkkwzzG_OcQdxtTK2pshBdfU37QIvc

The Classical Histories

The last days of the Roman Republic were home to some true titans of history, the likes of Anthony and Cleopatra, Cicero and the most famous Roman of all Julius Caesar have all been committed to the annals of history. These characters have survived in our imaginations because of the times of which they lived and the great deeds they accomplished. In this age, there was one man who stood head and shoulders above all others, whos conduct and commitment to what he believed to be right was unwavering in the face of tyranny and has echoed through the ages. This man was Marcus Porcius Cato, the last hero of the Republic and surely, the noblest of all the Romans.


This work will describe the landscape of the last days of the Roman Republic because as we know, we are nothing if not products of our environment and it…

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  • Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.

  • Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know.

  • The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/do-i-own-too-many-books?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Failure of Pedagogy

February 24, 2019 — Leave a comment

We economists, especially those of us who have had some responsibility for educating students, have a lot to answer for. Presumably all the politicians strutting across our television screens did attend some sort of educational institution at one time. Indeed, many attended institutions of so-called higher learning. Yet somehow their economics teachers failed them.

https://www.the-american-interest.com/2019/02/21/a-failure-of-pedagogy/

Ancient Greeks artists could have travelled to China 1,500 years before Marco Polo’s historic trip to the east and helped design the famous Terracotta Army, according to new research.

The startling claim is based on two key pieces of evidence: European DNA discovered at sites in China’s Xinjiang province from the time of the First Emperor in the Third Century BC and the sudden appearance of life-sized statues.

Before this time, depictions of humans in China are thought to have been figurines of up to about 20cm.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/china-terracotta-army-ancient-greek-sculptors-alexander-the-great-marco-polo-a7357606.html