Here’s one of the earliest surviving plays by Aeschylus, The Persians, which dramatizes the defeat of Xerxes and his army in the effort to conquer Greece.
Another account of the Greco-Persian Wars.
An opinion piece from livius.org on the misuses of the Battle of Thermopylae.
There are at least 30 copies of the Norton 3rd edition of Walden sitting on the shelf downstairs in the book store.
Before you come to class on Wednesday, please read this article by Chris Hedges. It’s relevant to our conversations about Thoreau and raises the question of whether or not the culture we live in would prefer that we be shallow, unreflective, and ignorant. If, as Thoreau seems to argue, being human is something we have to work at, then Hedges’ remarks are cause for concern.