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September 12, 2013

I was introduced to Homer’s Iliad in my first grade at the department of Classics in Istanbul University. I remember, as if it happened yesterday, how I was affected by the verses of the poet and the story. The epic starts with the following verses:

I was introduced to Homer’s Iliad in my first grade at the department of Classics in Istanbul University. I remember, as if it happened yesterday, how I was affected by the verses of the poet and the story. The epic starts with the following verses:

June 29, 2012

Unluckily the two historical events took place in the Roman Republic in the late second century BC were not happy ending fairytales for Gracchus Brothers, Tiberius and Gaius.

The Gracchus brothers might have been considered to sow the seeds of socialism. Both of them obviously had class consciousness, and they were idealists. However, they failed to foresee or underestimate that the Roman aristocrats would fight for protecting their benefits at any rate.

What if the Gracchus brothers had succeeded in their struggles how would have been our lives? If so, three apples would have dropped out of sky: all for working class for once.

Unluckily the two historical events took place in the Roman Republic in the late second century BC were not happy ending fairytales for Gracchus Brothers, Tiberius and Gaius.

September 23, 2011

The writings of J.R.R.Tolkien might seem a somewhat unusual subject for Marxist analysis, and indeed for me. I usually write about visual art or politics rather than literature and when Marxists write about literature they are more likely to focus on issues of method, or on figures from the canon of high culture – Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy etc – or modernism – Kafka, Joyce. Beckett – or with avowed radical politics – Gorky, Brecht, O’Casey, Steinbeck etc.