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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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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

Injustice For All: Plato’s Republic And The Pursuit Of Justice

Plato’s The Republic is often, and for good reason, considered the single most important philosophical text of the western world. You simply cannot call yourself a philosopher without having read it. It’s like calling yourself a poet without reading Robert Frost, considering yourself a musician without having ever listened to The Beatles, or referring to

Are You Feeling Lucky?

While Aristotle was most certainly a busy man, revolutionizing human thought can be rather time consuming, he still managed to carve some time out to tell us about the difference between luck and chance and the role these two things play within our universe. Truth be told, the role of luck and chance had great

Plato’s “The Parmenides”: The Fault In Our Forms

By. Van Bryan The Parmenides (also known as, “Oh God, please don’t make us read that thing” in most philosophy classes) is a rather complex and intricate text that pits a youthful Socrates against the old Elatic philosopher, Parmenides. The narrator is Cephalus, a man who later appears in Book I of The Republic. Cephalus

Aristotle Plays Horsey And Other Strange Tales

By Van Bryan   Most of these anecdotes, though not all of them, come from the pen of the mysterious biographer, Diogenes Laertius. His epic collection, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, is a rather dubious source for credible information. All of what is recorded within Diogenes’ text is based upon oral tradition, stories

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