Posts by Quintus Curtius

The Audiobook Of “Thirty-Seven” Is Now Available

First published in 2014, Thirty-Seven defied conventional categorization and quickly achieved classic status.  This seminal work–both supremely relevant to the modern era yet fervently evocative of the glories of ages past–contained the seeds of a worldview that would be expanded and elaborated in the author’s later works Pantheon, Pathways, and other writings. For the first…

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How Venice Solved Its Political Corruption Problems

Corruption is like a virus, or a noxious weed.  If you turn your back on it for even an instant, you will find it has found creative ways to grow and spread.  Like any human activity, it can never be completely eradicated; but it can certainly be tamed and curbed, and prevented from interfering with…

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The Tripod’s Prophecy And The Death Of The Emperor Valens

On the subject of prophecies, men are accustomed to take differing viewpoints.  Some say that the predictions of oracles and diviners mean nothing at all, and should be counted as so much nonsense:  any “true” predictions they make are solely the result of blind coincidence.  Others say that they have independent value as evidence of…

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The Travels Of William Of Rubruck In Central Asia And Mongolia

Long are the roads walked by the lonely, intrepid traveler.  Not for him are the well-worn pathways of the conventional sightseer; for he is a seeker, and seekers by definition prefer the untrod vistas of the globe.  He will deliberately chose the unknown road, the trails less walked, the scenes less scrutinized, and the more…

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Ibn Zafar’s Ideas On Revolutions

  A careful reading of Ibn Zafar al-Siqilli’s (“The Sicilian”) masterpiece of political philosophy Sulwan al-Muta’ (سلوان المطاع في عدوان الأتباع, or The Consolation of the Ruler in Dealing with the Hostility of His Subjects) shows an emergent theory of political revolutions.  In a previous article here we have discussed the fundamentals of the subtle…

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“Don’t Thank Me, Boy” (Podcast)

A reader has a question about the direction he should take in life. His father died recently, and he is feeling the effects of delayed shock and repressed anger. He feels like he has been denied a positive role model. I offer some thoughts and suggestions, using an anecdote and then some commentary.   This…

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The Combat Of Sonnenberg And Sanseverino

It is right for us to celebrate great deeds of valor of ages past.  By doing so we are inspired us to achievement in our own affairs, and become connected to that electric current of masculine virtue that winds through the entire landscape of civilized, productive effort on this earth.  It is good for us to…

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Bad Character Will Inevitably Bring Consequences

The historian Ammianus, in describing the brief career of the usurper Procopius (326–366 A.D.), comments briefly on the moral corruption inevitably caused by the abuse of power and privilege.  It will have a familiar ring to those accustomed to the practices of contemporary politics: For in the midst of weapons of war and the call…

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