Rembrandt

Rembrandt (1936) Director: Alexandra Korda Charles Laughton plays the great Flemish painter in this British fictionalized biopic. Korda and Laughton had previously worked together on The Private Life of Henry VIII in 1933. The film is a kind of tragedy. It begins with Rembrandt vin Rijn at the height of his success and power. He … Continue reading Rembrandt

Initial Thoughts on Xenophon’s Cyropaedia

In Xenophon's Education of Cyrus (or Cyropaedia - the latinized version of the Greek Kúrou paideía meaning "the education of Cyrus") we receive a modified account of Cyrus's nature and upbringing. It is a conscious narrative text in Xenophon's own words, not a dramatic or performed account. Like a Platonic dialogue, we see Cyrus engaged … Continue reading Initial Thoughts on Xenophon’s Cyropaedia

Chaucer, The Silent Pilgrim: Notes on the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales

In the "General Prologue" to Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chaucer holds up a mirror to the standards for classical poetics as described by Plato, Aristotle, and Horace. While in the Divina Commedia, Dante is led by the great Latin poet, Virgil, reporting on his celestial journey, in The Canterbury Tales Chaucer is led by a mix … Continue reading Chaucer, The Silent Pilgrim: Notes on the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales