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The ancient view of nursing a baby

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Aulus Gellius (c. 125 – after 180 AD) was a Latin author and grammarian Attic Nights Book 12, Chapter 1 A discourse of the philosopher Favorinus, in which he urged a lady of rank to feed with her own milk, and with that of other nurses, the children whom she had borne. 1 Word was once […]

A serpent of unprecedented length

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Aulus Gellius (c. 125 – after 180 AD) — A Roman whose only book, Attic Nights, is a compilation of notes on grammar, geometry, philosophy, history and many other subjects. Attic Nights Book 7, Chapter 3 An account, taken from the works of Tubero, of a serpent of unprecedented length. 1  Tubero in his Histories […]

Aulus Gellius on Blood Letting

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Aulus Gellius (c. 125 – after 180 AD) Attic Nights Book 10, Chapter 8 That among the ignominious punishments which were inflicted upon soldiers was the letting of blood; and what seems to be the reason for such a penalty. 1  This also was a military punishment in old times, to disgrace a soldier by […]

Here’s a taste of ancient Roman literature

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Aulus Gellius (ancient Roman author and grammarian) (c. 125 – after 180 AD) Attic Nights Book 5, Chapter 16 On the function of the eye and the process of vision. 1  I have observed that the philosophers have varying opinions about the method of seeing and the nature of vision. 2 The Stoics say that the causes […]

New Video — Homeschooling Classical and Historical Literature

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

This is a video recording of the seminar Principles for the Study of Classical and Historical Literature by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn. The seminar was delivered in Austin, Texas in 2004.

Free McGuffey Readers

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Download McGuffey Readers here.

Four Approaches to the Study of Ancient Literature

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The purpose of this article is to help Christians to develop their own Biblical approach to evaluating literature. We cannot describe every possible approach, but we will briefly describe three common approaches to the study of classical literature, then we will explain our own distinct approach. Nobody has appointed us judge over what others think […]

Against the Dorothy Sayers Movement

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Bluedorn, I purchased your book Teaching The Trivium recently and I think it’s quite thorough and well researched. I think it’s definitely one of the top five books meant to be in the list of reference books for those seeking to homeschool. I’ve been reading various sources on the subject of […]

Ancient Greek and Roman Literature — what should I read?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Have you ever looked at the Classical Writing Curriculum? It looks rigorous and thorough, covering classical writing skills following the progymnasmata, grammar, logic and rhetoric. I am interested in it, but, as a Christian, I worry about my kids reading some of the material used. I do not have any experience with ancient Greek writing. […]

Free Ebooks

Monday, June 17th, 2013

B&R Samizdat Express — Ebook editions of classics. Free books offered each week. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins this week.


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