This is one of the fascinating scenes from Trajans Column in Rome. It shows an Auxillary soldier holding a head in his mouth. What it suggests is that he is a celt, possibly from Britain, Gaul or Spain who has been recruited into the army and is now fighting in Dacia.
I have been interested in TS Eliot for a long time and finally decided to start reading his books seriously. He was of course a genius whose literary merit I struggle to come to terms with. I think the it is very important just to admit these things. I am good at what I do but when I need a little help I ask for it. I find it useful to get hold of these York notes for a good, brief but well informed overview of why the book I am reading is useful.
I have a talk coming up in March that quite frankly is scaring me to death. I have to give a series of forty minute talks to some ….. teenagers! (Dan Dan Daaa!)
So yes I am brushing up on my Classical knowledge. As a young and foolish man I really hated the Classics in general and Philosophy in particular but now at the age of 30 (version 9) I have come to love them. My other interests include CS Lewis. I have read everything that Lewis wrote and now with my classical knowledge increasing I can understand him a deeper level. I never realised how much stoicism was in Mere Christianity or the Screwtape Letters!
I have just finished reading A Classical Education which proved to be a good read, full of interesting facts and enlightening.