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Philip Freeman

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I teach Classics and Celtic studies at Luther College in the beautiful little town of Decorah, Iowa. I did my doctoral work at Harvard and taught at Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Luther to help run the Classics department. I love teaching and see my writing as an extension of my work in the classroom. I hope you enjoy the books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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"Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa" ("My fault, my great fault") as Sister Deirdre would have said in Latin. It should be "Kildare " in both…more
Dear Angie,

"Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa" ("My fault, my great fault") as Sister Deirdre would have said in Latin. It should be "Kildare " in both cases. I proofread the text a dozen times but I missed my mistake. Thank you for pointing it out. I'll get it fixed for the paperback edition.

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Philip Freeman A great question. Yes, any educated person in the ancient or medieval world knew about the North Pole. From the time of the early Greeks, everyone…moreA great question. Yes, any educated person in the ancient or medieval world knew about the North Pole. From the time of the early Greeks, everyone knew the earth was a sphere and that it was colder the farther north you went. The idea that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth was flat is a modern myth.(less)
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In early January, Simon & Schuster will publish my collection of Greek and Roman myths called OH MY GODS. If you love classical mythology and want to read the stories with all the original sex, violence, and mayhem, check it out. Just a month later, Princeton University Press will publish my little translation of Quintus Cicero's HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION: AN ANCIENT GUIDE FOR MODERN POLITICIA... Read more of this blog post »
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“Romans employed crucifixion on a wide scale—though it was always considered poor taste to discuss it in proper society. Crucifixion was strictly a punishment for criminals and slaves, being designed as much for torture and terror as killing. A condemned man would first be flogged to humiliate and weaken him, then forced to pick up a heavy wooden beam called a patibulum. When he had reached the prison yard or an out-of-the-way spot on the edge of town, the prisoner was stripped naked and fastened to the beam with nails and cords. He was then hauled by ropes to the top of a sturdy pole driven deep in the ground. Sometimes there was a small seat for the tortured man to sit on, but even so the prisoner normally suffered in agony for days until finally succumbing to exhaustion and shock. Suetonius writes without irony when he says that Caesar mercifully cut the throats of the pirates before hanging each one on a cross.”
Philip Freeman, Julius Caesar

“As he explained to his officers and men, the war against Persia could not be finished until the shah, as the Persians called their king, was mat, or finished. The endgame had to be shah mat, a Persian phrase that would evolve in time into checkmate.”
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“There is a king of natural selection that takes place among myths. Those that capture something essential to the human condition can be preserved for thousands of years. Those that are relevant only to a few are lost forever.”
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Spotlighted Book Discussion Poll I - October 26, 2011

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