Category Archive for: ‘Cicero’s Corner’


Cicero’s Corner

The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero The Brick Project curriculum development focuses on four core subject areas: History, Ecology, Art and Literature. There was a corner of a library where I once learned and debated much about two of these subjects – History and Literature. It …

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Cicero’s Role Models

The Brick Project is building a world-renowned faculty network of global experts in the core subject areas of the project: History, Ecology, Art and Literature. One of these experts in the Brick Project network is Henriette van der Blom who is an expert on Cicero and teaches at Oxford University. Below is my interview with Henriette on her recent book …

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Frugalis Creativus

An interview with Karim Ajania, Editor, The Brick Project 2016 by Olivia Ramsay Forward by Thomas Thwaites, The Toaster Project I have always loved the idea of frugalis creativus. It is so true that creativity cannot be purchased with extravagance. There must be frugalis. And this I have also found to be true about creativus in my over 60 years of performing in …

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Babylonian Clay Tablet

Epic of Gilgamesh

Literature and oral storytelling are a core subject area of The Brick Project. Perhaps the oldest story ever recorded is that of The Epic of Gilgamesh which my daughter Anastasia read just after graduating from middle school. Below is my interview with Anastasia. About The Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh dates from as early as 1700 BCE—a thousand years before the Iliad. Lost …

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Tacitus’s Germania

The Brick Project continues to build a global network of distinguished faculty in each of the core curriculum subject areas: History, Ecology, Art and Literature. In the subject area of History, here is an insight into the historical figure Cornelius Tacitus, who was always a popular topic (along with Marcus Cicero) in Cicero’s Corner, a regular discussion group on Ancient Rome …

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Burmese Days

Oral and Written Storytelling The Brick Project perceives the curriculum category of ‘Literature’ as one that includes both written (literary) as well as oral storytelling traditions. I grew up in the Oral Storytelling tradition and my Indian grandfather told me many stories about village India when I was growing up in Africa. He also told me stories of his travels as a …

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Siddhartha Gautama, Pioneering Thinker

Editor’s Note: The Buddha, Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, has a non-religious dimension which is also fascinating to explore and which is frequently overlooked: Siddhārtha Gautama was one of the most pioneering thinkers in history, whose ideas and convictions overlapped with artists, musicians, poets and philosophers as diverse as Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Alva Edison, Henry David Thoreau, Mary …

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