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2013 Issue

Number 22, Spring 2013

Editorial Committee

Dr. Will Briggs
Dr. Annette Evans
Ms. Theresa Gillette, Student Representative
Dr. Laura Kicklighter
Dr. Lindsay Michie
Ms. Lyndall Nairn, Chair
Dr. Candace Todd


The Agora annually presents writings by Lynchburg College students and faculty and includes essays written by students from other institutions that are members of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC). Lynchburg College contributors participate in the Lynchburg College Symposium Readings (LCSR) program, which integrates ideas from classical selections with contemporary ideas and issues. LCSR classes encourage students to think deeply about current issues and to become sensitive to the interdisciplinary influence of classical ideas. Contributors from other ACTC colleges and universities participate in similar "great books" programs.

Table of Contents

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Editorial: In This Issue...

Lyndall Nairn

The Abnegation of Responsibility in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Robert Zachary Sanzone

The Nature of God: A Comparative Analysis of Young Goodman Brown and "The Tyger"

Brandon Gannicott

Playing with Leviathan: On Myth in the Book of Job

Nathan Goldman

Agriculture and Growing Up: Milk and Wine in Genesis and The Odyssey

Jack Klempay

The Extent of Destiny: Gods, People, and Fate in The Iliad

Reile Slattery

Clinging to Education

Benjamin de la Piedra

Virgil Uncovered: Dido and Anna Present an Unexpected Lesson of Sisterhood

Brooke Bierdz

Security vs. Glory or Security via Glory: Republican Discord and Harmony in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy

Hilary Ball

Postulates in Geometry and Philosophy

Michael Fogleman

Marx and Violent Revolution

Jonathan Haggerty

A Green Thumb on the Invisible Hand: Exploring Environmental Trade Policies

Deirdre Scanlon

The Philosophy of Ethics as It Relates to Capital Punishment

Nicole Warkoski

Emily Dickinson in Translation: A Study of the Latin Residuum in Dickinson's Grammar

Jacob Reilly

Nothingness on the Move: A Discussion of Goethe's Faust Part One

Rafael Sordili

A Philosophical Journey through Miracles, the Metaphysics, and Summa Contra Gentiles

David Bayless



Personal Response Written in Senior Symposium

The Value in Emphasizing Critical Thinking

Leah Bigl

Biographical Sketches of the Agora Writers



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