Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World

News in English. Then Slattery is off to Ithaca, the home Odysseus took so long to reach. Weaving together the charming narrative of his own journey with bright, intelligent discussions of the great themes of ancient culture – love, the gods, the meaning of life -serves a serious purpose. What, for example, can we learn from paganism, with its multiple limited and imperfect gods? Well, perhaps we could apply this today. It sounds quite nice, but really what it means is that religious people should give up their beliefs. He admits to an aching longing to return to an imagined home, the dwelling place of Greek myth. We may have feared that nostalgia was incompatible with being up-to-date.

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Australian Studies. While violent revolution and social upheaval rocked Europe, far away in New South Wales, Governor Lachlan Macquarie was sowing the seeds for the Australian idea of the ‘fair go’. Macquarie was a reformer and an emancipator. He believed that a person’s worth – be they gentry, infantry or convict – lay in what they were capable of doing, not what they had done in the past.

He freed the brilliant, mercurial convict Francis Greenway and appointed him government architect for the buildings that would shape a new nation. But to the Tory British government of , Macquarie and Greenway’s unconventional alliance threatened NSW’s very legitimacy as a penal colony. Here Luke Slattery breathes dramatic life into Australia’s first political dismissal and, along the way, maps Macquarie and Greenway’s bold collaborations and extraordinary architectural – and cultural – legacy.

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Dating Aphrodite

The dust is blown off a powerful and much neglected part of our cultural heritage, writes Michael McGirr. Some time ago, the son of a friend of mine had reached a stage of life where he liked nothing more than to unsettle his father. Nearing the end of year 12, he thought he had at last found the means to put the old man well and truly off his cornflakes.

He announced that he intended to go to university to study classics. Classic is a word that has been so stripped of value that it has long been used to describe a style of jeans, soft-drink bottle or car.

Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World. Front Cover. Luke Slattery. ABC Books, – Civilization, Classical – pages.

Labirint Ozon. The First Dismissal. Luke Slattery. While violent revolution and social upheaval rocked Europe, far away in New South Wales, Governor Lachlan Macquarie was sowing the seeds for the Australian idea of the ‘fair go’. Macquarie was a reformer and an emancipator. He believed that a person’s worth – be they gentry, infantry or convict – lay in what they were capable of doing, not what they had done in the past.

He freed the brilliant, mercurial convict Francis Greenway and appointed him government architect for the buildings that would shape a new nation. But to the Tory British government of , Macquarie and Greenway’s unconventional alliance threatened NSW’s very legitimacy as a penal colony. Here Luke Slattery breathes dramatic life into Australia’s first political dismissal and, along the way, maps Macquarie and Greenway’s bold collaborations and extraordinary architectural – and cultural – legacy.

It is exciting to see a writer of Slattery’s quality take on the the extraordinary history of colonial Australia with such zest and conviction and present it, properly, as a story with universal human meaning. He has spent most of his career in newspapers writing about the world of ideas for a wide audience. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The First Dismissal is his fourth book.

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Luke Slattery: simple food is often the best food. It is the middle of winter. Food and fuel are scarce and the poor and hungry, with nowhere to go, walk along the street in the snow. They stop to stare through the window. The diners inside continue eating.

Luke Slattery. Luke Slattery is the AFR’s education editor and author of Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World (ABC Books.

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The Tenth Muse

Mrs M is his fifth book, and his first novel. Does the latest film of Alexander the Great do him justice? Are you a pagan at heart?

Luke Slattery is the author of Crisis in the Clever Country: Why Our Universities are Failing (with Geoffrey Maslen), Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the.

There are worse things in life than sitting down for a good conversation and a slice of chocolate cake… In this podcast, Cheryl Akle sits down with Luke Slattery, a Sydney-based journalist and editor. Luke Slattery is a Sydney-based journalist and editor. He has spent most of his career in newspapers writing about the world of ideas for a wide audience.

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Podcast: Chocolate Cake and Mrs Macquarie with Luke Slattery

Luke Slattery is a journalist, culture writer and book critic. In addition to his journalism, Slattery has published long-form non-fiction, including dating Dating Aphrodite : Modern Adventures in the Ancient World. M , was published in it is an imagined history of Elizabeth Macquarie, set over one long sleepless night. Slattery had previously covered similar terrain in his non-fiction work The Dismissal , which mapped the collaboration of Lachlan Macquarie and architect Francis Greenaway.

Reclaiming Epicurus: Penguin Special eBook: Slattery, Luke: : are Failing and Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World.

He is known as the Boy Wrestler. His youthful body, though, seems much too elegant for the ring. Lithe, supple, perfectly poised, he has the frame of a distance runner. His skin once bore the brilliant sheen of bronze, but that was before the catastrophe. On August 24, in the 79th year of the Christian era, a river of molten metal, heralded by a plume of volcanic ash, convulsed from the cone of Vesuvius.

It slid along rutted riverbeds down the steep mountainside, and descended on the elegant seaside villa in whose colonnaded garden stood the Boy Wrestler, a seated Hermes, fawns, satyrs and marble busts of unsmiling antique worthies.