Classics Calendar for October 5

"The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds
a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire..." from
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jonathan Edwards (1703; died March 22, 1758) American Puritan preacher, philosopher, and theologian who wrote "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"; Religious Affections

Denis Diderot (1713; died July 31, 1784) French philosopher who compiled the Encyclop├ędie (with Jean le Rond d'Alembert); Jacques the Fatalist; Rameau's Nephew; D'Alembert's Dream

John Erskine (1879; died June 2, 1951) American educator and author who wrote "The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent"

Vaclav Havel (1936; died December 18, 2011) Czech writer, philosopher, political dissident, and statesman who wrote The Garden Party and The Memorandum

Died on this day:

Jacques Offenbach (1880; born June 20, 1819) French composer who wrote Les Contes d'Hoffmann; (The Tales of Hoffmann)

A. L. Kroeber (1960; born June 11, 1876) American cultural anthropologist Handbook of the Indians of California

Bonus Classic:

Suetonius (c. 69-after 122) Roman historian who wrote The Twelve Caesars

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