Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

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Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

Recent blog posts by this author

A (Manageable) Summer Reading List for the Beach

At the beginning of summer, we often are treated to a spate of "Summer Reading" lists that we are supposed to read "at the beach." The trouble is, the lists are either so overstuffed with long books or are just so long that any attempt to read them...

Restaurants Are Giving People 'Option Paralysis'

The obsession with individual choice has wreaked havoc on many parts of our culture, but it has gone too far for some people, particularly those trying to order a sandwich.   According to a recent Wall Street Journal story...

GQ Magazine Includes the Bible on its List of Books Not Worth Reading

A new article in GQ lists the“21 most overrated books ever.”Of the 21 books GQ lists that aren’t worth reading, one of them is the Bible. It’s enough to make you wonder if GQ is a magazine worth reading.   The Bible gets the boot, along...

When ‘Civilization’ Became a Bad Word

Kenneth Clark's “Civilisation” mini-series, produced by the BBC and aired on American public television in 1969, celebrated the Western art and culture it depicted and explained. The show was one of the most widely watched and re-aired shows of...

The Lost Scrolls Lying at Our Feet

In 79 A.D., the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in eastern Italy covered nearby towns in ash and completely buried many of them. One of the towns that was buried in the eruption was Herculaneum, which at the time was a popular vacation spot...

Was Stephen Hawking Really Just a Computer?

Stephen Hawking once pronounced that he thought he was little more than a computer and that, because of this, he was unafraid to die. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife...

Prominent Magazine Ranks America as a ‘Flawed Democracy’

The Economist magazine recently issued a study purporting to compare countries on the basis of how democratic they are. The U.S. ended up ranked as a “flawed democracy.” In one sense this is absolutely true. As great as America is, it will always...

The 5 Best Books on Education

There are a lot of books on education, but few that are very good. Here are five books that cut to the chase of what education is and how it should be done:   1) Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture, by Werner Jaeger. Jaeger was a...

How Shirley Temple Responded to Sexual Harassment

Shirley Temple was probably the greatest child star, not only of her generation, but of any generation. She was not just popular, she was phenomenally, outrageously popular. No one hadn't heard of her. Of course, her popularity was at its...

What the 'Jesus Never Existed' Folks Often Overlook

Every Christmas, we get a spate of articles from major newspapers and magazines with titles such as "Who was the real Jesus?" or "Who was the Historical Jesus," or, "The Virgin Birth of Jesus: Fact or Fable?" Surely they have run out of novel...

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