Kirk Freudenburg

Kirk Freudenburg is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Classics at Yale University, and a former fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR 2002). His Cambridge Companion to the Age of Nero, co-edited with Shadi Bartsch and Cedric Littlewood, appeared last November.

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Sunday, April 05, 2020
Trump’s Easter Fantasy: Stay Tuned
There was an odd moment, several weeks back, when I noted aloud to friends how unusual I thought it was that we Americans were, for the moment—and perhaps this was only a false impression—listening to experts. Not only that, we were making big, difficult changes to our lives on the basis of what...
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By invoking the word “witch-hunt” he can make them all disappear. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
The Spotted Trump Hoax, and Other Mythical Creatures
Witch-hunts and hoaxes. For years, now, Donald Trump has been conjuring them while claiming to ‘spot’ them. He conjures them as needed, not everywhere, but in places where he sees that his person remains stubbornly un-worshiped; where his brilliance is defied and his personal cause is under threat...
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Monday, December 03, 2018
Why We Need to Go Back to Fascism 101
By now the daily rituals of a diseased symbiosis that has developed between the President and the better angels of our news media have become depressingly familiar: Donald Trump says something outrageous, self-serving, and patently false, and responsible journalists snap into action, aligning facts...
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