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Power and Fate: The Aristocrats in the Iliad

By Rodrigo Ferreyra, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We are all familiar with Homer’s Iliad. We know about the Trojan War, the romance between Paris and Helen and the mighty Olympian gods. Most of all, we know the heroes. Whether it is Achilles, Odysseus or Ajax, they all possess outstanding characteristics such as bravery, physical skill,

Hector (The Iliad)

Known From: The Iliad “One omen is best: defending the fatherland” -Hector, from The Iliad Hector is a prominent character in Homer’s The Iliad, who gains the wrath of Achilles after he kills Achilles’ friend, Patroclus. Hector is the prince of Troy, the great walled city that is under siege from Achilles and the invading Greeks. Hector is

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

Zeno, Paradox, and Contemporary Confusion

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Zeno of Elea constructed several arguments that result in absurdity. They are paradoxical, contradicting, and just plain-strange. Oh, and did I mention that they are logically consistent, too? One such paradox, perhaps the most well-known, is called the Achilles Paradox. Achilles was thought to be the fastest runner

A Tradition of Thumos

1. What Is Thumos? The first thing we should point out is that there is not an exact translation for thumos. The general understanding of the word is that it refers to “spirit” or “spiritedness”. However the implications of this term are far more important and far more complicated than what is suggested by such