Darkening Age, 21

Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Story of Saint Paul: The Burning of theBooks at Ephesus, designed ca. 1529, woven before 1546 (medium:wool and silk, woven under the direction of Jan van der Vyst). Editor’s note.Bold-typed emphasis in the last paragraph is mine. In chapter eleven of The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, Catherine Nixey…

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The Story of Philosophy, 5

The preparation of Plato Plato’s meeting with Socrates had been a turning point in his life. He had been brought up in comfort, and perhaps in wealth; he was a handsome and vigorous youth—called Plato, it is said, because of the breadth of his shoulders; he had excelled as a soldier, and had twice won…

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Civilisation’s “Protest and Communication”

For an introduction to these series, see here. Below, some indented excerpts of “Protest and Communication,” the sixth chapter of Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, after which I offer my comments. Ellipsis omitted between unquoted passages: The dazzling summit of human achievement represented by Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci lasted for less than twenty years.…

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