Brent D. Shaw is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University ofPennsylvania. His most recent book is Spartacus and the Slave Wars.

Loving the Poor

In one of his most quoted sayings, Jesus is reported to have warned: “You have the poor with you always” (Mark 14:7). It was not original. He was reiterating an ages-old prophetic utterance from the Hebrew scriptures: “The poor will always be with you” (Deuteronomy 15:11). Certainly today the claim …