In this episode of Off the Shelf, Dr. Fleming and Stephen shamelessly plug the newest publication from the Foundation, A Thousand Years of Jihad. Both Dr. Fleming and Stephen discuss their reflections on the essays contained therein, authored by Dr. Brownlow and Dr. Fleming. The Barbary Pirates, Janos Hunyadi, and Lord Byron are just a few of the cast of characters.
Category: Season 4
In this episode, Dr. Fleming and Stephen discuss Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Dr. Fleming first explains his opposition in general to these sorts of government sponsored fake holy-days, then specifically why he opposes Memorial Day like most federal holidays.
In this episode of Off the Shelf, Dr. Fleming and Stephen discuss what is often pushed onto today’s high schoolers as a candidate for “The Great American Novel.” They start the discussion by examining whether there is such a thing as “the” Great American Novel and then delve a bit deeper into a book that pleasantly surprised both of them on what was a third or fourth read.
In this episode of On the Shelf, Stephen shares his thoughts on Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey, and Dr. Fleming comments on it and what he considers a superior Western novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister. Join us for discussions of shootouts, Mormons, and the beguiling beauty of the American West.
Homeric epic poems were not originally written but preserved by a tradition of oral composition that made these stories easier to recite (and remember). To appreciate the brilliant technique, it is useful to understand dactylic hexameter, which is used throughout the Iliad, as well as how the various “homeric” texts came down into the texts we know today as the Iliad and the Odyssey.