Stuff in the ‘Philip Freeman’ Category

10 March, 2014

Book of the Week: ST. PATRICK OF IRELAND, Philip Freeman

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick
In the storytelling tradition of popular historian Thomas Cahill, this small book offers a fascinating and believable introduction to Ireland’s patron saint.
Born to an aristocratic British family in the fifth century, Patrick was kidnapped by slave raiders at age 15 and sold to an Irish farmer. After six years of tending sheep he escaped, walked 200 miles to a port city he had seen in a dream, and sailed for home. Years later, as a priest or bishop, he returned to Ireland. Bribing petty kings for safe passage through their rural domains, he preached, baptized and established churches in his beloved adopted land. This information about the saint’s life is known from two lengthy letters he wrote late in life, both included in a lively translation by Freeman, a classics professor and author of three previous books about the Celtic world. Dismissing many familiar tales as myths, he relies on archeological discoveries as well as Greek and Roman writers to create a colorful picture of Ireland at the end of the Roman Empire: its kings and headhunting warriors, gods and human sacrifices, belief in the Otherworld. “I am a stranger and an exile living among barbarians and pagans, because God cares for them,” Patrick wrote. Besides, time was running out: As Freeman observes, “The gospel had been preached throughout the world and was even then, by [Patrick’s] own efforts, being spread to the most distant land of all. There was simply no reason for God’s judgment to be delayed once the Irish had heard the good news.” –Publisher’s Weekly

 


7 January, 2014

Where I Write: Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman

Our next Where I Write, in which our authors share their favorite writing spots,  is from Philip Freeman.

“My favorite place to write is Java John’s coffee house in beautiful downtown Decorah, Iowa. I don’t even like coffee, but I get a hot chocolate and work on my laptop in the back room. Everybody in town comes by eventually, but I always seem to get lots of work done anyway.” — Philip Freeman

Check out Philip and learn about his latest books How to Run a Country, How to Win an Election, and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths on Twitter, Facebook, or his website!

 

 

 

 

 


11 July, 2013

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO, Philip Freeman

The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet, Philip Freeman. A full-length investigation of the life and work of the female poet Plato called “the tenth muse,” using Sappho as a representation of a classical woman of antiquity. Freeman, a Harvard-trained classicist holds the endowed Qualley Chair in Classical Languages at Luther College and the author of JULIUS CAESAR and ALEXANDER THE GREAT (W.W. Norton, 2016)


19 October, 2012

Spotted at McNally Jackson Bookmongers, Princeton, NJ

It’s not too late for the candidates to get some guidance from Quintius Cicero on how to run a successful campaign!  You can “Like” Quintius Cicero” on Facebook where he will continue to live-blog during the final Presidential debate.  Here is HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, Edited by Philip Freeman, well-positioned next to a “binder.”


13 April, 2012

Philip Freeman honored

Philip Freeman’s. ALEXANDER THE GREAT has been chosen as a runner-up in the Society of Midland Authors awards in the biography category to a Midwestern author!  Congratulations, Philip!


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, 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.”

Dr. 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. His latest nonfiction book, Searching for Sappho:  The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet, was published by W.W. Norton in 2015.  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