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About: Alex Barrientos

Alex has a BA in both philosophy and history, and is currently working towards a PhD in philosophy at the University of Utah. Though he mainly focuses on the Early Modern period of philosophy (16th-18th century), he is fascinated by the wisdom of the classics. His favorite question of all is, "What does it mean to live a good life?" It is one that he thinks the philosophers and poets of the classical world provided the most interesting and timeless answers to. But, when he's not contemplating the depths of the human condition, he enjoys playing video games, watching Netflix, and raiding used book stores.

Recent Posts by Alex Barrientos

Victor Davis Hanson Interview: Is There an Ancient Cancel Culture?

  You can read the transcript below: Anya Leonard  0:08   Hello, this is Anya Leonard, founder and director of Classical Wisdom. You are listening to Classical Wisdom Speaks, a podcast dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. Today I’m speaking with Victor Davis Hanson, an American classicist, military historian, columnist and farmer. He is

Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

Mesopotamian Echoes in Greek mythology

Written by Ronan McLaverty-Head, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom When Alexander the Great marched into Babylon in 331 BC, it was not the first time that the Greek world had encountered the cultures of the ancient Near East. From around the 8th century BC, the Greek states had entered an “Orientalizing Period,” deliberately absorbing and adapting

Communism, Class Struggle, and the Roman Republic

Written by Titus, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Karl Marx said that humanity has been in a constant class struggle. According to him, the rich and poor have been in a perpetual war throughout history. His philosophy gave birth to modern communism which went on to add another dimension in the social and international divide between

How to Deal with Change: Advice from the Stoics

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom ‘’You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength’’ ~ Marcus Aurelius Are you finding yourself struggling with both expected and unexpected changes in your life? Change is common to the human experience, and no one understood this better