The Founders’ Adoption of British Impeachment and Its Meaning

Detail of John Trumbull’s painting depicting the Committee of Five presenting their draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress / Library of Congress, Public Domain “High crimes and misdemeanors” originates as a term of art in British impeachment proceedings. By Gene Healy, J.D. / 08.07.2017 Vice President CATO Institute Impeachable offenses aren’t[…]

King Lear: Madness, the Fool, and Poor Tom

King Lear and Cordelia, by Benjamin West (1793) / Folger Shakespeare Library, Wikimedia Commons Considering how the Fool and Poor Tom, two characters in King Lear who stand outside the social order, enhance the play’s investigation of madness, civilisation and humanity. By Dr. Gillian Woods / 03.15.2016 Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Theatre and Drama Birkbeck University of London[…]

The Madness of Caligula and a Sister Who Brought Forth Nero

After the death of Tiberius, the problem of the succession presented to the senate was not an easy one. By Dr. Guglielmo Ferrero (1911) Early 20th-Century Historian After the death of Tiberius (37 A.D.), the problem of the succession presented to the senate was not an easy one. In his will, Tiberius had adopted, and thereby designated[…]