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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

The Banishment of Julia Augusti (PART 2)

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Because the mere hint of sovereignty had dispatched his dear Uncle Julius into the hereafter, he never called himself emperor, preferring to use the term Princeps, or first citizen, instead. Regardless of his title, a de facto monarchy is what his regime—the principate—would become. But like all

The Banishment of Julia Augusti (PART 1)

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “I would certainly not describe as mercy, what was actually the exhaustion of cruelty.” ~ Seneca, On Mercy (referring to the deified Augustus) “Let her be banished for life,” Augustus is recorded as saying about the harsh exile of his only biological child, Julia, to the barren and windswept

Ancient Art of Amphora Pottery

Written by Divya Gupta, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Greek Vases provide a rare insight into life in Ancient Greece. They reflect the artistic developments, religion, trade, and political beliefs of ancient Greek civilization. Types of Greek Pottery Greeks pots were traditionally made using terracotta (fired clay) and were fashioned into different shapes and sizes depending

Not Your Virgil’s Sinon: The Greeks and the Man Who Tricked the Trojans

Written by Cynthia C. Polsley, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom And I said to him: ‘Who are those two poor sinners who give off smoke like wet hands in the winter and lie so close to you upon the right?’ ‘I found them here,’ he answered, ‘when I rained down to this rocky slope; they’ve not

Pyrrho: The Greek Buddha

Written by Doug Bates, Founder of the Modern Pyrrhonism Movement and Author of Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism  Even in antiquity Westerners looked to India for wisdom. The Neoplatonist philosopher Plotinus tried to go there but had to turn back. Some people claim – on scant evidence – that Jesus went there. But