Language acquisition

It has often been said that the childhood is a creation of the modern period. Indeed, ancient and medieval sources occlude discussions of the first age of the human individual, the baby and toddler years. Premodern representations of children emphasise size, rather than any other features, to designate youngsters. From the baby in the cradle... Continue Reading →

Nostalgic wanderings

One thing which is missing from ancient and medieval literature is nostalgia. True, Ulysses can't wait to see his wife, his kingdom and his native shores. The medieval mind dreams about the Kingdom of Heaven and adopts the restlessness of the pilgrim, the viator, keen to complete the journey and oblivious to present comforts. But... Continue Reading →

Ancient geometry and modern health

The Times ran a story yesterday titled: ‘Ancient Greeks ‘can help us stay healthy’. The follow-up: ‘Ancient Greek can help mental health’ never materialised. I’m disappointed, but I want to stay healthy. Pythagoras, the Times argued, ‘was one of the first to advocate daily exercise for health reasons’. Greek philosophers liked to walk (while philosophizing),... Continue Reading →

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