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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Has the Death of the Great Books Been Greatly Exaggerated?

 

I saw this article in my news feed, lamenting the collapse of interest in The Great Books. Articles much like this one show up often in my news feeds. The collapse of interest in The Great Books, the Classics, traditional curricula, etc., is “common knowledge” amongst conservative intellectuals.

I don’t have sufficient data to disprove that this “collapse” is occurring, but anecdotal evidence makes me skeptical. In the past, there were essentially three ways to be exposed to The Great Books: 1) They were assigned in a classroom. 2) They were assigned by parents who owned a high-quality home library. 3) A reader would stumble upon them in a public library.

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Provost Rosenwald: “We in the Anywhere State University community — and, especially, the good folks at the Sarah E. Simmons Center for Diversity and Inclusion — are proud to welcome Taylor Williams to our annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium.” Loud applause ensues. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Exploding Ants of Borneo

 
Colobopsis explodens. Photo credit: Zookeys / Alexey Kopchinskiy

Yes, you read that headline correctly. And while the claim of something so fantastic begs disbelief, these ants really do exist. However unsettling the idea of their existence might be, I consider even more unsettling the unlikely and downright obtuse path that I took to first read about them. Let me explain.

Like many people, I make New Year’s Resolutions. And like many, I hold to them with varying degrees of success. This year, one resolution that I made was said simply enough: finish all outstanding projects before starting new ones. In practice, to a great extent, this resolution explains my relative absence from this forum.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Handy Latin Phrases to Impress Your Friends

 

Over in the PIT lately, there have been a lot of showoffs dropping Latin phrases all over the place just to make Protestants and people who never took Latin feel inferior. But you don’t have to feel inferior anymore because I am here to help. In my never-ending efforts to make everyone’s lives happier, I have compiled a handy list of common Latin phrases with their English translations. Now you, too can attend any cocktail party or fancy event with confidence!

<ahem, ahem> Class, let’s begin:

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S.P.Q.Ricochet is a new Ricochet group geared toward us Ricochetti who appreciate the Latin language. All skill levels welcome. More

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Inspired by this, with quotations from W.V. Cooper’s 1902 translation of the Consolation. Two years ago, I spent my summer wandering the dusty deserts of the ancient Near-East. I ambled across the Arabian Peninsula, loitered in the Levant, and poked around the great Nabataean city of Petra. One scorching August afternoon, near a tiny Syrian […]

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Hi all. Im thinking of venturing into Latin as I may be heading back to school to study the history of the Roman Catholic Church and Papal politics in Renaissance Italy, so I need a decent grounding in Latin. I have one edition of Wheelock but didn’t really find it to my liking nor am […]

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I knew I shouldn’t have done it. I let myself get psyched up for Jurassic World. More

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Warning—this will probably be filled with triggers, microaggressions, stereotypes, and maybe even a macroaggression or two. I’ve been reading many posts by members that have phrases, or even entire sentences in something other than English. Latin, French, Italian—I can’t understand them. I had only one year of high school Spanish—(I still remember part of a haiku […]

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I just found out that the timeless, usually booze-fueled, sometimes pot-fueled, philosophical debate over the question “what is the difference between ‘morality’ and ‘ethics’ has a very, very simple answer: The word “morality” has a Latin root, while the word “ethics” has a Greek root. Over time, “morality” came to be associated with religion because […]

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