Classics Calendar for June 1

Detail of Harpies in the wood of the suicides,
an engraving by Gustave Doré,
based on Canto XIII of Dante's Inferno

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Dante Alighieri (1265; died September 14, 1321) Italian poet; Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy); Monarchia (On Monarchy); La Vita Nuova La Vita Nuova (The New Life); Convivio (The Banquet)

Carl von Clausewitz (1780; died November 16, 1831) Prussian general and philosopher; Vom Kriege, (On War)

Died on this day:

J. B. Bury (1927; born October 16, 1861) Irish historian who wrote mainly histories of the Classical period

John Dewey (1952; born October 20, 1859) American philosopher, psychologist, and educator; Democracy and Education; The Public and its Problems; Art as Experience; Freedom and Culture; Knowing and the Known

Helen Keller (1968; born June 27, 1880) American author and activist; The Story of My Life; Light in My Darkness

Witter Bynner (1968; born August 10, 1881) American poet, writer and scholar; poems, including translations from the Chinese

Reinhold Niebuhr (1971; born June 21, 1892) American theologian; Moral Man and Immoral Society; The Nature and Destiny of Man

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