Stuff in the ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times’ Category

18 July, 2022

FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD, M.D. Usher

Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Vermont M. D. Usher’s FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD, ancient ways of living in a dying world, drawing on the best lessons from antiquity: How can older ways of thinking help us to solve the modern world’s ecological and economic challenges? What can we learn from the successes, as well as the failures, of the Greeks and Romans in terms of their proximity to the natural world? (World rights exclusive of French translation, Princeton University Press, Spring 2024)


13 March, 2012

Freeman

Classicist, historian and novelist Philip Freeman brings a remarkable gift as a storyteller and an ability to make the ancient world contemporary through his interpretation and translation of events and great works. Currently the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University, Dr. Freeman earned a joint Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1994 in classics and Celtic studies.  He has taught at Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, and was the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Iowa. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation.

Philip Freeman is the author of a number of books on ancient and medieval studies, including biographies of St. Patrick, Julius Caesar, and Sappho, as well as translations of the works of Cicero.  Praising his biography of Alexander the Great  (Simon & Schuster 2010), Wall Street Journal declared: “Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.” His most recent biography, Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy was published in February 2022 (Pegasus). A long-time contributor to Princeton University Press’ “Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times” series, Freeman’s latest title is How to Tell a Story (May 2022), which distills Aristotle’s Poetics.

Freeman has been interviewed on All Things Considered, MSNBC, as well as many local NPR shows.  His books have been reviewed in the Wall St. Journal, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times, among others.  More recently, Dr. Freeman has proven a natural as a historical novelist. St. Brigid’s Bones, Sacrifice and The Gospel of Mary are Celtic mysteries (Pegasus), set in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, and feature a young nun, Sister Deirdre, who proves to be a charming detective.

You can also follow Philip on Twitter or check him out on Facebook (philipfreemanwriter).  Also check out www.philipfreemanbooks.com