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Greece IV: On the Gulf

Greece IV We had brief interchange, four hours into the trip.  We stopped for lunch at Menidi on the Ambracian Gulf.   We were not expecting much from Menidi.  The morning had been spent on the endless drive along the superhighway, every mile under repair, from Athens to Corinth and then along the northern coast of the Peloponnesus.  It is true that the road got worse and the landscape better, after  we crossed the bridge across the Gulf of Corinth at Rhio. I thought about stopping at Missolonghi,   where Byron had died in 1824, raising money for Greek independence...

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Wednesday’s Child: Letter from Paris

  I realize that visual observation alone, whether at its focus is human illness or social mores, is rarely conclusive when it comes to diagnostics, but that, ladies and gentlemen, is all I’ve got.  Parting with $100 in a café here is a foregone conclusion, while in the food halls of the Galleries Lafayette two bucks will buy you a piece of chocolate measuring one cubic centimetre. And yet this city eats like Rome, with the diners, like Olympic swimmers in the final yards of the race, twisting their apoplectically speckled necks this way and that, as though coming up...

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Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 1: Getting Marriage Straight

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Recorded in the week following the Supreme Court “ruling” in America which was said to show that #lovewins Dr. Fleming discusses marriage from the very beginning of societal relationships, through the age of Christendom, to our present day, and how the Protestant Revolt changed the dynamic of the state’s involvement in marriage, and all that we have reaped (and continue to reap to this day) as a result. Original Air Date: December 1, 2015 Show Run Time: 1 hour 1 minute Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the...

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From Under the Rubble, Episode 1: The Confederate Flag

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The attack on Southern symbols has nothing to do with opposing slavery or helping black Americans. It is an attempt to eliminate an important cultural and political tradition that goes back to Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Such campaigns to eliminate historic identities are defined–and condemned–in international law as “cultural genocide.” Cultural genocide is not a technique used by free republics but by totalitarian ideological states. Even northerners who have little interest in the South should begin to understand that this attack on the South and its flag-bearing cross will inevitably be followed by overt attacks on Christianity and on America...

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Properties of Blood II: Love and Hate, Part B

This text will be available only briefly without cost.  When “the gate comes down,” it will be accessible only to subscribers. The Heart Has Its Reason The City of God, wherever and however it exists, is ruled by that kind of love that used to be referred to as “charity.”  “He that loveth,” (ὁ γὰρ ἀγαπῶν), far from being in conflict with the moral law (νόμος) taught by the Decalogue, is fulfilling it.  Most professional philosophers since Descartes would immediately raise the obvious objection that love or friendship or charity are irrational feelings, sub-rational reflections of our character and experience.  We...

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Cicero:The Writer

Cicero Cicero was one of the most important men of the Roman world.  Although he ultimately failed as a statesman, as virtually every statesman does, but he only increased in stature as the years went on. Cicero’s style has been rightly held up as the standard for Latin prose, and his writings on rhetoric and philosophy—as well as his speeches and letters—became the basis of Roman education.  Cicero was the model for Christian orators like St. Jerome and Augustine, and his works were taught and read throughout the Middle Ages.  The Renaissance, to a considerable extent, began with the Italian...

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The Wonders of Wallington: Three

As a visit to Wallington quickly reveals, the Trevelyan notion of artistic expression was mostly satisfied by collecting dolls’ houses and preserving such family arcana as Lord Macaulay’s top hat and shaving kit.  But there was one Trevelyan—admittedly a Trevelyan by marriage—who liked to move in artistic circles.   Lady (Pauline) Trevelyan, née Jermyn, Sir Walter’s no doubt long-suffering wife, liked to play with the Pre-Raphaelites, and it was she who persuaded Sir Walter (who, left to himself, would have done nothing of the kind) to put a roof over the central quadrangle, and create a large central room. She...

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Wednesday’s Child: Music’s Autobiography

In this, my second communication from Munich, I solemnly promised myself to steer clear of politics, notwithstanding that history looms so large in my window – modern parlance for the computer screen – it nearly obliterates thought.  And so, as the president of France prepares to bend his knee to Moscow in a ludicrous pantomime of Henry IV’s Gang nach Canossa, I can only repeat Hamlet’s “But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.” The reason I came to Munich in the first place was to hear a recital that my wife was giving with the remarkable German...

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Islam, the Left’s Religion of Peace

Fox News commentators do not often make an intelligent criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy.  They are usually content to point out the obvious—that Obama is misguided—while offering alternatives that would hardly work any better. Nonetheless, the neoconservative establishment was right to express outrage in February,  when then-State Department spokesperson Marie Harf declared on Chris Matthews’ MSNBC program that defeating ISIS in the long-term will require addressing the “root causes” of terrorism, such as lack of jobs and poverty. This statement was palpably absurd, but it also reflected the consensus of the American and European ruling classes, a consensus that...

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Latin, Episode 0: Latin’s Dead, so Why Study It?

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In this origin episode of the podcast, Dr. Fleming discusses the importance of studying a dead language in general, why this particular “dead” language is so vitally important for those focused on the patrimony of the West, and provides some practical points and names some possible texts for study. Original Air Date: November 25, 2015 Show Run Time: 26 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Podcast Player – Click the Cloud to Download Episode   Transcript available now for Charter Subscribers and a la carte purchase. The Fleming Foundation Presents Latin℗ is a Production of the...