"Not to defend the oppressed and shield them from injustice is as great a crime as to desert our parents, friends, or country."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (known as "Tully" to those intimately acquainted with his work, and simply "Cicero" to the rest of us), a 1st-century BC Roman statesman, writer, and self-styled philosopher, from his book On Moral Duties (1:7)
(Painting: "Cicero Denounces Catiline," by Cesare Maccari, 1889, fresco)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.