Best Anthony M. Esolen books

On the Nature of Things: De rerum natura

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Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and died in the year 55. Little is known of his life, although two tantalizing bits of gossip were passed on by St. Jerome: that he was poisoned by a madness-inducing aphrodisiac given him by his wife, and that his great poem On the Nature of Things was posthumously edited by Cicero. For the latter assertion, writes Anthony Esolen in his introduction to the present volume, there is little evidence, and none whatsoever for the former.

What does survive is a masterful poetic work that stands as the greatest exposition of Epicurean philosophy. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic―as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid―Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a quiet community of wisdom and friendship.

Even to modern readers, the sweep of Lucretius's observations is remarkable. A careful observer of nature, he writes with an innocent curiosity into how things are put together―from the oceans, lands, and stars to a mound of poppy seeds, from the "applause" of a rooster's wings to the human mind and soul. Yet Lucretius is no romantic. Nature is what it is―fascinating,purposeless, beautiful, deadly. Once we understand this, we free ourselves of superstitious fears, becoming as human and as godlike as we can be. The poem, then, is about the universe and how human beings ought to live in it. Epicurean physics and morality converge.

Until now, there has been no adequate English verse translation of Lucretius's work. Anthony Esolen fills that gap with a version that reproduces―with remarkable faithfulness―the meaning, pace, and tone of the original Latin.

Here is a book that will introduce a new generation of readers to a thinker whose powers of observation and depth of insight remain fresh to the present day.

"Esolen has the rare gift of being both a fine poet and a lover of languages. His diction is poetic and natural; he has a fine ear for sound, and the translation benefits greatly from being read aloud―as Latin poetry was meant to be. This translation is clear and forceful. It can, and will, be read."―Kenneth J. Reckford, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Study Guide

Robert E. Barron

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The Study Guide for CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is the best way to immerse yourself fully into these holy men and women. Whether you use it for personal formation or host a complete Study Program for your parish or group, you ll go deeper with top experts from around the world, including: Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Franciscan priest and preacher to the papal household (St. Francis of Assisi) Dr. Matthew Levering, renowned Catholic theologian and Thomistic scholar (St. Thomas Aquinas) Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., Dominican preacher and spiritual master (St. Catherine of Siena) Fr. Ian Ker, world's leading Newman scholar (Bl. John Henry Newman) Dale Ahlquist, founding president of the American Chesterton Society (G.K. Chesterton) Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College (Michelangelo) The Study Guide commentary was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. Each Study Guide lesson provides details about the Pivotal Player s life and contributions to the culture. In addition, you'll find Questions for Understanding" that support the teaching in the video and reference Scripture verses and sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.You'll also find several Questions for Application" in each lesson to help you connect the material to your own life and experience.

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Leader Guide

Robert E. Barron

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The Leader s Guide includes a Facilitator s Guide, all 12 lessons from the participant s Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding. The Facilitator s Guide explains in detail how to plan, promote, and present the study. You can also register for a free training webinar for all study coordinators and small group facilitators at WordonFire.org. For group study, you can present the program in thirteen 90-minute sessions. The first session is orientation and then there are two sessions for each Pivotal Player. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of Study Guide questions. Each lesson in the Study Guide provides a detailed commentary on Bishop Barron s video and Questions for Understanding based on the video and on references to Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There are also several Questions for Application in each lesson that help you connect the material to your own life and experience. Participants read the commentary in their Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Leader Guide commentary was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. If you're planning to lead a Pivotal Players Study Program, you might want to explore the full Leader s Kit, which includes the Leader's Guide on this page, the videos, prayer cards and devotional book.

Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture

Anthony Esolen

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What do you do when an entire civilization is crumbling around you? You do everything. This is a book about how to get started.

Providence College professor Anthony Esolen, blunt and prophetic, makes the case that the decay of Western civilization is alarmingly advanced. Our sickly, sub-pagan state resembles a bombed-out city.

We have to assess the damage, but merely lamenting it does no good. There is work to be done.

The first step is the restoration of truth. America’s most powerful institutions—including the government—are mass producers of deceit. We have to recognize the lies and clear our minds of cant.

Our culture produces only the drab or the garish. We must restore beauty—in art, architecture, music, and worship.

There are two things wrong with our schools—everything our children don’t learn in them, and everything they do learn. Public schools are beyond reform; we have to start over.

Our universities are as bad as our schools. A few can be saved, but for the most part, we must build new ones. In fact, this is already being done. We have to support these efforts as if our children’s souls depended on it.

Repudiating the Sexual Revolution, that prodigious engine of misery, requires more than zipping up. The modern world has made itself ignorant about sex—in particular that there are two of them and they’re profoundly different. We must restore manhood and womanhood.

In our servile economy, we raise bureaucrats not craftsmen. We must rediscover how to make things that are beautiful and lasting—the products of human work. And we must dispense with the “rent-seekers”—the proliferating middlemen whose own work contributes nothing.

We have turned sports into a job for our children. Instead of playing we “work out.” A genuine civilization is based on celebration. We must restore play to human life, seeing all the other days of the week in light of the Sabbath.

The gigantic scale of government has made us a nation of “idiots,” incapable of attending to public affairs and the common good. We must insist that the Constitution is not whatever judges say it is, complying with but not obeying their edicts while we reclaim our freedom of religion one outdoor procession, one public lecture, one parish picnic at a time.

We must love this world, but we have here no abiding city. The great division is between those who place all their hope in the present life and those who know that we are pilgrims. There is no retreat, but take courage—we have our map. Let us begin.

Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata)

Torquato Tasso

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Late in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as a subject that would test his poetic ambition and as a reflection on the quandaries of his own time. He sought to create a masterpiece that would deserve comparison with the great epics of the past.

Gerusalemme liberata became one of the most widely read and cherished books of the Renaissance. First published in 1581, it was translated into English by Edward Fairfax in 1600. That translation has been the standard, even though Fairfax was only a good, not a great, poet. Fairfax tried to fit Tasso's verse into Spenserian stanzas, adding to and subtracting from the original and often changing Tasso's meaning.

Anthony Esolen's new translation captures the delight of Tasso's descriptions, the different voices of its cast of characters, the shadings between glory and tragedy―and it does all this in an English as powerful and clear as Tasso's Italian. Tasso's masterpiece finally emerges as an English masterpiece.

Inferno (ITALIAN) (Modern Library Classics) Inferno

Anthony M. / Dore, Gustave Dante Alighieri / Esolen

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Western Civilization and the Academy

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This volume brings together leading thinkers who offer reflections on the place of Western civilization in the academy, at a time when there is indifference or even antipathy toward the study of the West at most institutions of higher learning. Alternative narratives—including multiculturalism, diversity, and sustainability—have come to the fore in the stead of Western civilization. The present volume is designed to explore the roots, extent, and long-term consequences of this educational climate: How and why did undergraduate education turn its back on what was once an important component of its mission? To what extent has such change affected the experience of undergraduates and the ability of colleges to educate citizens of a constitutional republic? What are the likely individual and social outcomes of such a shift in educational priorities? The volume’s theme is, and will continue to be, the subject of national scholarly and media attention.

CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Guia de Estudio (Spanish Edition)

Bishop Robert Barron

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Esta Guía de Estudio y Manual está dirigida para todo participante que esté siguiendo el programa de formación de Las Figuras Esenciales. El obispo Robert Barron creó este Programa de Estudio para ayudarnos a profundizar, de manera temática, en las verdades de fe que los católicos creemos, de manera que cualquier adulto pueda entrar en una comprensión más profunda de su fe. Cada lección de la Guía de Estudio provee un amplio comentario acerca de los contenidos teológicos de cada episodio del documental. Además cuenta con preguntas de comprensión y también preguntas de aplicación . Las preguntas de comprensión contienen múltiples referencias a las Sagradas Escrituras y al Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, para enriquecer los contenidos expuestos del documental. Las preguntas de aplicación nos ayudan a reflexionar sobre cómo el mensaje que expone el obispo Barron puede ser vivido en nuestra vida cotidiana. Los comentarios y preguntas de la Guía de Estudio han sido escritos por múltiples autores que son expertos en las Figuras Esenciales, bajo la guía y aprobación del obispo Robert Barron. San Francisco de Asís: Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa Santo Tomás de Aquino: Dr. Matthew Levering Santa Catalina de Siena: Rev. Paul Murray John Henry Newman: Rev. Ian Ker G. K. Chesterton: Dale Ahlquist Miguel Ángel: Dr. Anthony Esolen

CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Guia Para Lideres (Spanish Edition)

Bishop Robert Barron

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Esta Guía de Para Líderes está dirigida para el líder del grupo que esté siguiendo el programa de formación de Las Figuras Esenciales. Contiene todo de la Guía de Estudio, y además, una clave de respuestas y una distinta guía para el líder del grupo. Para estudio en grupos, hay trece sesiones de 90 minutos una sesión de orientación y dos sesiones para cada episodio. Cada sesión incluye tiempo para ver el episodio y discutir las preguntas en grupos. Cada lección de la Guía de Estudio provee un amplio comentario acerca de los contenidos teológicos de cada episodio del documental. Además cuenta con preguntas de comprensión y también preguntas de aplicación . Las preguntas de comprensión contienen múltiples referencias a las Sagradas Escrituras y al Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, para enriquecer los contenidos expuestos del documental. Las preguntas de aplicación nos ayudan a reflexionar sobre cómo el mensaje que expone el obispo Barron puede ser vivido en nuestra vida cotidiana. Los comentarios y preguntas de la Guía de Estudio han sido escritos por múltiples autores que son expertos en las Figuras Esenciales, bajo la guía y aprobación del obispo Robert Barron.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Politically Incorrect Guides) by Anthony M. Esolen (2008-06-05)

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