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chi sono? (IV) — Four Seasons in Rome

This will be my fourth year leading a group of Marylhurst students to Roma–que bello! Rome, it seems, seeds esoteric passions . . . –Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome Here are the blogs of my fellow travelers this year, … Continue reading

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A day at the Forum: “stratification and juxtaposition”

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On Tuesday, we had an inspiring walking excursion led by Dr. Jeffrey Blanchard, professor of art history and architecture and director of the Cornell Rome program for architecture. As we walked, he directed our attention to the various elements within a single fountain, a palace courtyard, … Continue reading

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speaking of Ovid . . .

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We went to the stunningly beautiful Borghese Gallery on Sunday where we saw the equally stunningly beautiful sculptures by Bernini –The Rape of Persephone and his Apollo and Daphne. Ovid writes about the myth of Apollo and Daphne in his Metamorphosis, and … Continue reading

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Sights and Tastes–redefining “class”

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Our trip to Rome is a study abroad–an extended time in a foreign culture that includes study and class time.  We meet three mornings a week at the University of Washington Rome Center, tucked into a corner of the Campo … Continue reading

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Chi sono?

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Chi sono–this was my waking thought on Saturday morning.  But where did this Italian phrase come from?  I didn’t know (consciously) what it meant, so after I got out of bed I looked it up. It means, “who are they?” … Continue reading

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Behold yonder two fires

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Reading the text of Malory’s Roman War campaign as a graduate student, I never imagined I would step into this narrative geography of war, then find myself sipping wine at an outdoor café, listening to aboriginal music from Australia, joining … Continue reading

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his dream had come about

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Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th century account of Arthur’s channel crossing from Sandwich to Barfleur: Round about midnight, as he sailed briskly on through the deep sea, surrounded by ships too numerous to count, and following his course closely with joy … Continue reading

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Re-conquering the Conquest

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The late afternoon sun is gorgeous—warm and low in the sky— and the vibe of Barfleur is that of “le long weekend.”  With Bastille Day tomorrow, you can feel an unmistakably French holiday pace.  At the harbour, a couple sits … Continue reading

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Laid-back Barfleur

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A deep, solemn bell rings out across the coastal town of Barfleur.  You can hear its very metallicness, if that can be a word, resonant with a sonorous medieval past. Later, as I sit in the warm afternoon sun,  the sound … Continue reading

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American Cemetery III: In proud remembrance of her sons

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In proud remembrance of her sons . . .1941-1945  Inscription on the reflecting pool monument.   I have two sons, one now 18, and tears spring to my eyes as I read this inscription.  And they do so, yet again, as I … Continue reading

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