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Nicolson’s Why Homer Matters

Why Homer Matters: A History Adam Nicolson This one hit all my sweet spots. A book about Homer that is part travelogue / memoir, part meditation on deep engagement with a text, and part ancient history primer. A must read … Continue reading

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Ann Yearsley – Poet, Mother, Abolitionist, Classicist

Ann Yearsley was an 18th century milk woman, farmer’s wife and the mother of six children. She was also a poet, an auto-didactic classicists, and a fierce abolitionist.  She was, in other words, completely amazing. Yearley was born in a … Continue reading

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Alfred Williams – Poet, Factory Worker, Classicist

Alfred Williams (1877-1930) Author of Life in a Railway Factory, Williams taught himself Greek and Latin while working full time in a factory. William’s left school at 11 to work at a farm laborer, before becoming a steamhammer operator at … Continue reading

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