The Question of Race in Beowulf
J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal scholarship on Beowulf centers a white male gaze. Toni Morrison focused on Grendel and his mother as raced and marginal figures.
Do We Have to Tell Them the House Is Haunted?
On the law and mythologies of haunting, from antiquity to today.
“Thoughts and Prayers” in Greek Tragedy
With national tragedies now as frequent and predictable as sunrises, no phrase has lost consolatory power more swiftly than “thoughts and prayers.”
Bring Your Own Applause: What Donald Trump and Roman Emperor Nero Have in Common
A claque is a centuries-old showmanship technique that has been used by entertainers and politicians since the Roman Empire.
Should the Government Pay for a Classical University Education?
Questions about what sorts of higher education the government should pay for are nothing new.
Two Enemies Bound by the Poet Horace
How Horace brought to enemies together during WWII and what role the poet played in the post-war cultural identity of Europe.
Selected items from Hermathena, a scholarly journal of classics from Trinity College, Dublin.