The Beckoning Path of Mahler’s Music


A key precept of classical education involves understanding the development of Western literary genres through study of the acknowledged masterworks. Classical educators enthusiastically trace the lines from ancient literature through Dante and Shakespeare. Optimally, they continue to draw that line, examining Baroque style, moving through the era of timeless novels by Austen, Dickens, and the […]

Mark Teaches Julia Latin: A Meditation


In academic circles, the study of “pedagogy” has taken a fair beating. This is not a recent phenomenon. In 1929, the literary critic Irving Babbitt proclaimed that professors of pedagogy “are held in almost universal suspicion in academic circles, and are not infrequently looked upon by their colleagues as downright charlatans.” The subsequent years have […]

The Cultivating Animal


I would like to see fewer biographies of great individuals and more biographies of great families or villages. We tend to overrate the singular man of original genius, while ignoring the slow accumulation of culture built up layer upon layer, century upon century, that makes the individual man of genius possible in the first place. […]

Nobody Lives Forever: A Lenten Reflection on Film Noir

  In recent years I have come to love the cinematic genre known as film noir. Noir has always had a fairly substantial following among film aficionados since its heyday in the late 1930s through the early 1950s. That has been helped in large part by the continuing general popularity of a few of the […]

Classical Buildings in a Modern Age: An Interview with Allan Greenberg

  The following is an interview with architect Allan Greenberg about the relevance of classical architecture in the modern world. This version of the interview is adapted from an essay originally published in the Fall 1996 issue of American Arts Quarterly and was published in the March/April 1997 issue of The American Enterprise. It is […]

The Surprising Logic of the World

  Memoria College professor Dan Sheffler’s new article in The Classical Teacher: The study of logic is the study of that which makes sense, the study of those structures that necessarily must be in order for things to hang together without contradiction. The Greeks called the intelligible structure of something its logos, and this is […]

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