Sacra Roma

From the February 2007 Print Edition

The Aeneid by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles Viking Adult, 496 pages, $40 We do not read Virgil much anymore. In part, because we no longer learn Latin and so do not seek out its writers, however famous and central to our culture they were once thought to be. But there is another, more serious . . . . Continue Reading »

God’s Work

From the May 1998 Print Edition

Opus Dei: Leadership and Vision in Today’s Catholic Church By Vittorio Messori Regnery. 201 pp. $27.50 Beyond the Threshold: A Life in Opus Dei By Maria del Carmen Tapia Continuum. 364 pp. $29.95 First, a necessary disclaimer: the present writer has been invited to attend Opus Dei conferences, . . . . Continue Reading »

Since Long Before 1492

From the December 1995 Print Edition

Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Age of Discovery. By Bernard Lewis Oxford University Press. 101 pp. $16.96 Karl von Hapsburg, one of the heirs to the old Austro-Hungarian throne and a member of the European Parliament, is fond of telling a story about the deep connections . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pizza Theory

From the March 1992 Print Edition

Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell Praeger, 117 pages, $12.95 Revisionist history offers satisfactions of several kinds to a certain type of writer. Not only does the reviser feel a sense of superiority to his predecessors, the benighted drudges who . . . . Continue Reading »