How Jack Perfected His Greek

C.S. Lewis learned Greek through grammar-translation, but perfected it by drinking in large gulps from the original authors. A technique that may be worth trying with our own students.

New Year’s Rolling Resolutions

Some of my resolutions roll over form year to year. Any decent habit can be improved. See what I did this year to make more room for reading in my life.

Why Does Plutarch Compare Greeks with Romans?

Plutarch’s parallel biographies end with a comparative essay of the Greek and Roman hero. Why does Plutarch compare Greece and Rome? How should we go about reading these appended essays to get the most out of them?

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.

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.

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?