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“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 2

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 2

*   *   * A bust of Virgil from his tomb at Naples, Italy. PHOTO: A. Hunter Wright Both Virgil’s act of creation and the ambivalent act of destruction and recycling performed by the Egyptian populace were acts of remembrance; both were self-serving, and both were accidentally and unconsciously irreverent. Both had borrowed materials [...]

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 1

“Man Proposes, God Disposes,” Part 1

A bust of Virgil from his tomb at Naples, Italy. PHOTO: A. Hunter Wright Late in the year 40 BCE, the young Roman poet Virgil composed a poem to celebrate his patron Pollios on the latter's ascension to consulship. The poem has come down to us as Virgil's Fourth Eclogue. In it the poet praises Pollios in his praise of the blossoming promise of [...]