Monthly Archives: October 2014

A twist on “publish or perish”: Classicists on last week’s “Forever”

Now that the fall television season is upon us, new series are trying to establish their bona fides. For ABC’s “Forever”, ┬áthe past is always important: its protagonist Henry, an NYC medical examiner, is reborn every time he dies–which has been happening for several hundred years, giving him cause to reminisce about the historical development of New York City and WWII, among other topics. Last week’s episode drew our attention even further back in time, with a murder mystery centered on academic jealousy over the authorship of the scholarly paper “Last of the Latin Lovers”.

Forever Classics


Why look back to classical antiquity? Because it is revealed that the man who has been stalking Henry claims to be another immortal–who is 2000 years old!