Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Essay: Scipio's Villa." Seneca.

One-minute review: Should be titled “Scipio’s Bath.” Scipio voluntarily left Rome because “it was impossible that he continue in Rome and Rome continue free.” His bath is not modern with mirrors, but dark, constructed of stone, with slits for some light, but dark for hot bathing—the bathing that comes after strong exertions on the farm or on the battlefield.

“For we all plant olive orchards for others to enjoy.”

The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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