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The legacy of Sligo-reared archaeologist William Gregory Wood-Martin is defined by its complexity – a complexity reflected in his own homeland’s nature. In several ways, the Anglo-Irishman was an exemplary Briton. Born into the Ascendancy in 1847, Wood-Martin would serve … Continue reading
“The question…is this, whether we are to have books which are beautiful as books; books in which type, paper, woodcuts, and the due arrangement of all these are to be considered, and which are so treated as to produce a … Continue reading
From the inception of Boston College, elocution and oratory skill were among the most important assets that the school actively cultivated in its students. The Prefect of Studies–or Dean–Robert Fulton, S.J., profoundly fostered the student interest in oratorical aptitude. Under … Continue reading
In 1452, the Italian polymath Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) completed his De re aedificatoria, the first theoretical treatment of architecture since Vitruvius wrote his De architectura in 15 BC. This classical text served as the main inspiration for Alberti’s treatise, … Continue reading
Being called upon to help decipher bad handwriting is an occupational hazard for the staff of the Burns Library, home to hundreds of linear feet of correspondence written by thousands of individuals – political and religious leaders, literary figures, bank … Continue reading
Plenty of people don’t like big cities and cannot understand why anyone would choose the urban life. I, on the other hand, love that cities are dynamic and ever-changing. We never know who we’ll meet up with out on the … Continue reading
Parents everywhere can be found lecturing their children about the value of hard work and working your way up through an organization starting at the bottom. Now those parents have more ammo: local artist G. William Patten (1907-1986), whose success … Continue reading
Boston College has long been known for its athletic teams and their accomplishments. Be it the football team’s success over the years in Bowl games, the men’s NCAA hockey championships or the baseball team’s participation in the longest NCAA baseball … Continue reading
The Easter Rising, the armed rebellion pitting the nationalist Irish Volunteers against the British military in the city streets of Dublin from 24 April – 30 April 1916, can rarely be discussed in public discourse without reference to W.B. Yeats’s … Continue reading