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A Fresco Painting from Pompeii Paired with Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom Window (and One of Her Poems)

A bedroom fresco? Whose bedroom? Source: Spiegel And here’s Emily Dickinson’s bedroom window: Dickinson’s bedroom was at her family’s Amherst homestead. Emily’s room was on the second story of their home. Here’s one of her poems: I felt a Cleaving in my … Continue reading

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Irony, Eros, Thanatos, and Dionysus

Against this bucolic depiction, Dionysus, circa 70 CE, would soon be interrupting idyllic Pompeii with the volcanic eruption of Mt. Visuvius:

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Gilgamesh: A literary Pompeii

When we talk about reading the Epic of Gilgamesh today, we are talking about a version of the story discovered in 1872 at Nineveh, the city perhaps best known for its prominence in the Biblical book of Jonah, in the … Continue reading

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Image for the day

  Detail from a garden scene, on an ancient interior wall, near Rome, circa 100 CE:

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