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Laying Waste Our Fields

“That day when Turnus raised the flag of war… The high commanders… From every quarter drew repeated levies And laid the wide fields waste of their...

Asking for Direction in Baffling Times

"All Italians, all the Oenotrian land, Resorted to this place in baffling times, Asking direction; here a priest brought gifts..." Virgil, The Aeneid What do I do now?...

A Sweet Gift from Heaven

“The heavenly gift of honey...” Virgil, The Georgics Thus Virgil opens his final book of The Georgics. Perhaps these words rolled off his pen with...

One Faithful Bee

“Some have affirmed that bees possess a share Of the divine mind and drink ethereal draughts; For God, they say, pervades the whole of...

Learning from the Bees

“Passing their lives under exalted laws, Alone they recognize a fatherland And the sanctity of a home, and provident For coming winter set to work in summer And...

The Gift of Spring

“Nor would the stress Of life be bearable for tender things Did not so long a respite come between The cold and heat, and heaven’s indulgence grant This...

The Heart, in Suffering

“Some day, perhaps, remembering even this Will be a pleasure.” Virgil, The Aeneid, I Aeneas and his men have endured much since leaving Troy. And of course...

Virgil and Valentines

“Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire To calm and comfort her in all her pain, To speak to her and turn her mind from grief, And though...

A Husband in Winter

“At the very moment when the vine has shed Its latest leaves and the cold north wind has shaken The glory from the woods, at that...

Longing for Home Over Glory: An Artful Interpretation of the Epic...

Dramatic paths to glory are viewed with skepticism in our modern democratic age. As Tocqueville suggests, “amongst democratic nations ambition is ardent and continual,...