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The Burghers of Calais at Stanford University
Maybe exploring human self-sacrifice is not the first thought that comes to your mind while leisurely strolling the alleys at Stanford University. The drive here was pleasant, the sky is an impossible to be replicated blue, the people are smart, the palms are majestic, the breeze is the very expression of gentleness. But what are those six statues grouped in the Main Quad, very close to the campus church? They are The Burghers of Calais, Rodin's celebration of the self-sacrificing spirit of people of Calais in the 100 year war between France and England. Discover the rest of the story and spend a few quiet minutes with each burgher, looking not for signs of heroism but for the profound humanity honored by Rodin. The note of sadness and reflection will only make your Stanford experience more intense.
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