Plutarch on Spartacus

The insurrection of the gladiators and their devastation of Italy, which is generally called the war of Spartacus, originated as follows: one Lentulus Batiates kept gladiators in Capua—of whom the majority were Gauls and Thracians who had been closely confined not for any misbehavior on their part but through the villainy of their purchaser—for the […]

Slavery and the Romans

Tools of the Trade by Peter Stothard Around two thousand years ago, a Latin poet described a farmer named Simylus making a pesto for his breakfast with fresh garlic, coriander, olive oil, cheese, and the help of a slave. The poem, known as “Moretum” after the name of the recipe, is one of hundreds of […]

The Red Peony

In Greek mythology the peony is tied to a nymph named Paeonia. The beautiful maiden attracts the attention of Apollo, who flirts with her. Noticing that Aphrodite is watching, the suddenly bashful Paeonia turns bright red. Annoyed and jealous, Aphrodite transforms the blushing nymph into a red peony.

Los Angeles, 1883

With the beginning of the prosperity of the City of the Angels came the end of its primeval peace. Spanish viceroys, Mexican alcaldes and governors, United States commanders, naval and military, followed on each other’s heels, with or without frays, ruling California through a succession of tumultuous years. Greedy traders from all parts of the […]

A Good Idea from Imperial China

How does America extricate itself from the death grip of corrupt buffoons, zombie shills, and despicable sociopaths overwhelming our government and souls? tps://

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