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About: Van Bryan

Van Bryan is a contributing writer for Classical Wisdom with a background in classical philosophy. He is the author of the special briefing, How to Be Happy: A Guide to Ancient Ethical Philosophy. He is a practicing Stoic.

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Athens

Athens and Sparta were two of the most influential city-states in the ancient world. They both held sway over the history of ancient Greece and to this day have spawned much comparison and analysis. And as we wrote in a previous article, Sparta was known for their militaristic civilization and for their affinity for war. Conversely,

Athens First

By Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Recently, your editor asked a question… Is nationalism “good”? How interesting, we thought to ourselves. Immediately, hand went to chin. We furrowed our eyebrows in earnest ponderance. Some questions stay with you, dear reader. Like a sore on the roof of your mouth that would go away if

Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Philosophy of Persuasion

In this life, whether you are a philosopher or not, you will need to know how to persuade people. Aristotle tells us as much within his work on rhetoric, aptly titled Rhetoric. This was one of old Artie’s books that I only glossed over in my formative years. Depending on whom you read in your

Spotlight on Heroes: Achilles

Known From: The Iliad Notable Quotes about Achilles:  “Sing Goddess, Achilles’ rage,  Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks Incalculable pain, pitched countless souls Of heroes into Hades’ dark”    “For my mother the goddess, silver-footed Thetis, tells me that twofold fates are bearing me toward the doom of death: if I abide here and play

Sparta Vs. Athens

By Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom SPARTA Sparta, also known by its ancient name Lacedaemon in honor of their legendary founder, is often considered to have been the most dominant military presence in ancient Greece. Their infantry soldiers were said to have been among the most skilled and fearsome warriors of the ancient world.

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