Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition for Newcomers and Veterans

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition for Newcomers and Veterans

Describing the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) to newcomers who grew up playing video games is like describing a Shakespearean comedy to someone who grew up watching explosions for entertainment. Not all of them will get it, and some will back away slowly, hoping the person does not invite them to a Renaissance […]

Hercules Reviewed by a Classics Professor

Hercules Reviewed by a Classics Professor

It is a good sign when Hercules is depicted in film draped in a lion skin and wielding a club. It means the writers were paying attention to the ancient Greek hero’s original iconography. It is also a good sign when the writers and director do not take the Hercules legend too seriously. There are […]

Sotheby’s High Priced Book Auctions

Sotheby’s High Priced Book Auctions

The London auction house Sotheby’s often attracts attention for the high priced sale of artwork. But bibliophiles know Sotheby’s was originally an auction house only for books. Founded in 1744 by the London bookseller Samuel Baker, Sotheby’s first auction was the sale of the library of the Irish book collector Sir John Stanley. It was […]