Book Review – The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

“One soul is enough, I know, to pay the debt for thousands, if one will go to the gods in all good faith.” There’s a pattern with many of these Greek tragedies. Through the sad tales of cursed families, they illustrate the evolution of Western civilization. Fifth-century Athens was a light in the dark, a young democracy, and the Athenians …

Book Review – The Oresteia by Aeschylus (Robert Fagles Translation)

Zeus has led us on to know, the Helmsman lays it down as law that we must suffer, suffer into truth. The Oresteia was written by our man Aeschylus during a golden age of Athens. Art and civility began to flourish at this city upon a hill, not long after a set of ravaging wars with the Persian empire. In …

Book Review – Prometheus Bound and Other Plays by Aeschylus

Is it not clear we must think deeply, or perish? I’ve never been one to watch plays, let alone read them. I was a kid who grew up entertained by the boob-tube and video games. In my youthful mind, I couldn’t have told you which was the harsher punishment – being forced to sit through a “boring old” play or a spanking. Nope, the tragedies …

Book Review – The Hittite by Ben Bova

“War stories grow larger with each telling, and this one was already becoming overblown, scarcely an hour after it happened.” The Hittite opens on a soldier of the Hittite (Hatti) Empire, Lukka, returning home from a campaign in Armenia, only to find the once-mighty empire in disarray and his family kidnapped by slavers. Along with a few soldiers who have nowhere …