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Sicily Diary: Greek Temples
If you have a passion for antique Greek architecture, but a preference for pasta over endless kebabs, Sicily fits the bill. Towns such as Segesta, Selinunte, and Agrigento have a range of Doric temples to rival anything in Greece. The powerful, unfinished structure in Segesta (below) stands hard by a well preserved Roman amphitheater with views down to the Palermitan coast.
The historic and cultural wealth of Sicily seems endless. In addition to Greek ruins, there are extensive Roman remains, including the extraordinary mosaics at Piazza Armerina. The Normans, as well, left cathedrals and mosaics that are among the world’s splendors, and Caravaggio blessed the island with three great paintings — two in Messina and one that is now in Siracusa (it was in Catania for many years, where I first saw it as a sophomore).
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…