Witches in America, Napoleon in Egypt, & the Invention of the Printed Book

Witches in America, Napoleon in Egypt, & the Invention of the Printed Book Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 7/19/22: Tonight I read from & comment on three sections from Jacques Barzun’s book From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life:

  • The expedition of French scholars that followed Napoleon into Egypt
  • (24: 18) The invention of the printed book, and what it meant to education and literacy
  • (44:00) On the Salem Witch trials of 1692, and how closely science at the time was allied with superstition

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