What’s the Best Translation of Plutarch’s Lives?

See a side-by-side comparison of the most common Plutarch translations currently available in English. Make an informed decision about what kind of English prose you prefer as you sit at the feet of the master biographer.

What’s the Best Latin Dictionary?

Latin dictionaries can be found on desks, online, and on our phones. What’s the best Latin dictionary for you? It depends on your Latin needs…

Learning and Playing with Math

Some key vocabulary that the Greeks gave us about Math; my busy summer schedule; and how teaching, learning, and playing relate.

How (and Why) We Should Stop Multitasking

We kid ourselves when we think we’re multitasking. Studies have now shown that, especially when media are involved, we’re getting less done with our time and wrecking our ability to do deep, creative work in the process. I finally admitted this over the course of the last year and have been detoxing ever since.

Seeing Dragons

Dragon has an intriguing etymology that has to do with sight and traces all the way back to the Homeric epics. Can you stand the sight of a dragon?

Defining and Defending History: Polybius

Polybius asserts that the best training for politics is the study of history. But why does a Greek prisoner-of-war pen a history praising the virtues of his captors? Does he have any other reasons for writing history?

Defining and Defending History: Thucydides

In the second post on the historians defending themselves, Thucydides not only vociferously defends his history, but he attacks inferior historians too! Read more about Thucydides’s definition and defense of history!