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Divine Embodiment in Philo of Alexandria

Here is a recent paper by a young Philo scholar, Deborah Forger (glad some youngsters are engaging with Philo). And when I say scholar I mean scholar — not to be confused with many who are merely “regurgitation generators” for some trendy ism or other. Though officially listed here behind a paywall, the paper is…

Philo of Alexandria: Where’s David Runia?

It is quite astonishing that this encyclopedia entry makes no mention whatsoever of the doyen of recent Philonic studies — David Runia. This surely cannot qualify as mere oversight: it is akin to an ostensibly reliable overview of recent Hellenistic scholarship without ever citing A. A. Long. Anyway, to get a sense of just how central Runia…

A. E. Housman

Died on this day. See Housman’s entry in Poetry Foundation. I came to know Housman through his classical scholarship and only much later got round to reading his poetry. Housman was a scathe merchant of the highest order, sometimes it felt like wrestling with a razor blade. One of my favorite quotes of his could well…

Mary Lefkowitz

Here’s wishing a happy birthday to the amazingly brave Mary Lefkowitz, a beacon of light for intellectual integrity, truth and liberality. I’d urge you to read History Lesson: it’s an easy, quick and a rather chilling read. Mary came to my attention some thirty years ago when, studying classics, I came across the contentious Martin Bernal. Their bitter clash later morphed into even more unsavory exchanges with others…

A Mistrustful Animal: An Interview with Bernard Williams

THE HARVARD REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY vol.XII no.1 I particularly learned from his criticism of dividing philosophy into what he called ‘isms’ and schools of philosophy. He believed there were many philosophical questions and ways of arguing about them, but that attaching labels like ‘physicalism’ or ‘idealism’ to any particular way of answering philosophical questions was…

Anthony Long on Marcus Aurelius

For years the name of AA Long was a reliable though unseen friend guiding me in much of my classics reading. One always had the sense of a profoundly engaged and reliable commentator especially regarding Hellenistic and Stoic literature which has been an abiding interest. It was a lovely surprise to come a cross this…