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The Ages of Ancient Greece

By Ben Potter Archaic. Classical. Hellenistic. These terms are often (and quite naturally) conflated together under the generic heading of ‘classical’, or, at the very least, ‘old’. It appears that organizing history into clear, distinct eras can be a tricky business. This, of course, is more true for the Greeks than for the Romans. This

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Ancient Philosophy: A Crash Course

1. Metaphysics Metaphysics is the very broad and very profound branch of ancient philosophy that attempts to makes sense of the universe around us. Metaphysics asks ‘what is the universe?’ What is it made of? How does it behave? And what about the universe makes toast always land butter side down? This was a subject

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Aristippus and the Pursuit of Pleasure

As is common with many of the more obscure ancient philosophers, the majority of our knowledge comes from Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers. As always, we may be hesitant to believe everything we read in this text. Diogenes Laertius would have have lived some 500 years after the golden age of philosophy in Greece.

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My Women Fight Like Men

Queen Artemisia of Caria is mentioned by a handful of ancient Greek writers who would have lived some years after her death. Most of our knowledge about her, of course, comes from the Father of History himself. Herodotus directly makes reference to Artemisia numerous times as he recounts the events of the Greco-Persian wars. As

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Pyrrho Of Elis (360-270 BCE)

Branch: Epistemology Approach: Pyrrhonism “He lead a life consistent with his doctrine, going out of his way for nothing, taking no precaution, but facing all risks as they came, whether carts, dogs or precipices…” – Diogenes Laertius (Life Of Pyrrho) Pyrrho of Elis remains one of the most mysterious and most illusive characters of ancient

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Battle of Marathon

The battle of Marathon has, for millenia now, been firmly planted within the annals of western history. A decisive battle, a clash of cultures, the narrative describes an outnumbered Athenian army staying off the Persian invaders who would see the Greek civilization consumed within their empire. And as we gaze through the looking glass of

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