On the Healing Powers of Tragedy

What is “tragedy”? Actually, it’s not a bad thing happening to a good person. But what, then, is it? Join Dr. Yaceczko and Mr. Mehigan for a conversation about how this ancient art form was used thousands of years ago to prepare generations of heroes for life’s difficult moments. At The Heights, we continue this tradition. Listen in to hear why.

Lionel Yaceczko

About the guest:

Lionel Yaceczko


Dr. Yaceczko has taught regular and online courses to all ages at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels, as well as summer programs for inner city boys in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Lionel’s research is focused on Late Antiquity (ca AD 180-800), with a doctoral dissertation on education in the later Roman Empire. His articles have been published in Studies in Late Antiquity, The Medieval Review, Crisis Magazine, HeightsForum.org, and Cavalcade. He has also worked in academic publishing. Lionel lives in Laurel with his wife Janet (another Latinist) and children Stanislaus, Sarah, Thom, Lio and Diego.

Finn Mehigan

About the guest:

Finn Mehigan


Finn Mehigan is excited to be joining The Heights faculty, and to be teaching fifth grade in the lower school. He is a graduate of The Heights Class of 2013, and then went on to earn a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Classics and Linguistics. He enjoys most everything Classical, as well as performing in various theatrical productions both comedic and otherwise.

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