Root and branch

I’m sure most of you have heard the legend that Scipio Aemilianus sowed the fields of Carthage with salt at the end of the Third Punic War (c. 146 BC) to ensure that nothing would ever grow there again. This is, as you probably also knew, fiction, a legend invented in the 19th century as… Continue reading Root and branch

A good place to start

I don’t want to convey the impression that I have literally had nothing to say about Freddie Gray’s death (murder, really, though maybe it’s premature to call it that) and the subsequent protests/riots that have gripped Baltimore because I don’t care about that story. I simply can’t figure out what to say about this case,… Continue reading A good place to start