“Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne (1580-1595)

“Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne There is a story that warns us about not being comfortable with customs. A woman starts holding a calf and feeding it. She did this every day until the calf was no longer a calf but an ox. Custom can be… Read more “Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne (1580-1595)

“Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais (1534)

“Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais   “Gargantua and Pantagruel” by François Rabelais Book I Chapter 1 Gargantua is the father of Pantagruel, both giants. We should all be so lucky as to have our genealogy laid out so neatly as theirs. There are so many people with high stations who really come… Read more “Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais (1534)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch Julius Caesar’s wife was Cornelia, Cinna’s daughter. Cinna used to run things in Rome. Then Sulla came along and was the big boss. Sulla stopped Caesar at every attempt to gain some sort of office in Rome. The reason for this is that Julius… Read more “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch (75 AD)

The New Testament: “The Gospel According to Saint Matthew” (80 AD)

“Gospel According to Matthew” 1 “The Genealogy of Jesus” Abraham to David -> 14 generations David to the Exile to Babylon -> 14 generations Exile to Jesus -> 14 generations 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus. “Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son” Mary and Joseph tied the knot but hadn’t yet done the deed. However,… Read more The New Testament: “The Gospel According to Saint Matthew” (80 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Alexander” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Alexander” by Plutarch “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Alexander” by Plutarch (Notes) The book “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans” is not so much a history book but a series of biographies about great men. Often the character of the man is… Read more “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Alexander” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus and Numa Compared” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus and Numa Compared” by Plutarch 1 – Similar: Moderation, piety, talent for governing and educating, deriving laws from a divine source. Different: Numa accepted the role of king without asking for it, Lycurgus was given the role of king and resigned from it. Numa was made… Read more “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus and Numa Compared” by Plutarch (75 AD)