The Romans weren’t trying to kill all the Jews, but they did destroy Jewish resistance to Roman rule. Jerusalem was turned into a Roman army camp, and it was a total devastation.
Anthony Powell was the most European of 20th-century British novelists.
What survived as orthodox Christianity did so by suppressing and forcibly eliminating a lot of other material.
I was in my mid-teens when someone gave me a copy of ‘Pears Encyclopaedia of Myth and Legends’ as a birthday present. It sat on my shelves for many months before I looked at it. When I did, I couldn’t stop reading it.
If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that’s the best.
In some ways, the ’60s were a reaction to the ’50s and the intensity of the Cold War.
The Antichrist is often identified with the second beast in the Book of Revelation that arises from the land, the beast that tries to make everyone worship the power of evil.
We talking about revolution because that’s the era that you’re caught in.
The genealogy of fictional characters can become an obsession, like train-spotting, and should be firmly resisted.
If you can’t be a populist in Arkansas, you ain’t going to be a populist in Washington.