We are listening to Rigoletto here, and it occurs that the theme of 90% of the operas before 1870 are with Trump like rich men taking advantage of poor beautiful women before receiving their retribution. Would that be correct?

Stefanie Harvey replies: 

This is also a war rallying theme. I just finished SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. Many a campaign began after a rape or attempted rape of an elite or community of women.

Short book review: a bit of slog due to excessive detail but wonderful humor and a light tone in writing.





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  1. Anand on October 20, 2016 9:44 am

    On Mary Beard I suggest you YouTube her as she often appears on debate shows in U.K. (Eg question time). She is mad as a box of frogs, a die hard old feminist, which shapes her world view. Feminists are obsessed with the idea of rape some considering all men as potential rapists so not surprised this colours her historical understanding too. Beware of charlatans not only in finance as chairman teaches but in academia too :)


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