Category Archives: Defining Western Civilization

…to so few.

When one mentions “Dunkirk” to the average high-school student in America, one is inevitably met with glazed eyes right before those eyes flick back down to the ubiquitous i-Phone. For those with a greater-than 7-second attention span, here is William … Continue reading

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Western Civilization Benchmarks III

The year was 66 B.C. and Rome was engaged in what would be known as the Third Mithridatic War. Concurrently, the kingdom of Judea was engaged in a bloody civil war. Two princes, Hyrcanus and Aristobulus vied for the throne … Continue reading

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Western Civilization – Benchmarks II

After the long drawn-out siege of Tyre, Alexander marched through Palestine unopposed. The year was 332 B.C.E. Details of his visit to Jerusalem, and his audience with Jaddua, the high priest at the time, are shrouded in folklore. What historians … Continue reading

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Western Civilization – Benchmarks I

  Western Civilization as defined here is the confluence of Jerusalem, Athens and Rome. This paradigm provides the foundation upon which we build… oh, just about everything. The values represented by these three centers of civilization provide a set of … Continue reading

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