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Isocrates: The Essayist

By Ben Potter In many ways Isocrates is the forgotten man of Classical Greece. As a product of Athens’ Golden Age, he was a contemporary of Plato, Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aristotle, et al,… just without their fame or everlasting glory. And it’s not that he didn’t deserve it. Indeed, a case can be made that

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The Poet King and his ‘Kingdom’

By Abigail Russell Alexander’s brief and militant kingship won the renown of the ages and awarded him the title ‘Great.’ He is revered among the greatest military geniuses in history and with good reason! Bringing the mighty Persian Empire to its ruin, decreeing himself Pharaoh of Egypt, and spreading Greek culture as far east as

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Flawless Beauty or the Beauty of Flaws

By Anya Leonard “CRACK! Smash!” The sound of your favorite vase hitting the floor. You search around for the culprit – a child, a dog, or a clumsy spouse, any of which is about to incur your wrath. Perhaps it was an earthquake, and Poseidon is to blame… But what if, instead of looking at

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Burn Ivory, Melt Wax… Just like the Ancient Artists

by Victoria Papale The 5th century BC Greece was a time of change. The region was becoming more unified with the development of city states and the new democratic government in Athens was taking hold. Art, as well, evolved, mirroring these progressions. The techniques and imagery of Greek painting began to advance, as the profiled,

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Pyrrho Of Elis (360-270 BCE)

Branch: Epistemology Approach: Pyrrhonism “He lead a life consistent with his doctrine, going out of his way for nothing, taking no precaution, but facing all risks as they came, whether carts, dogs or precipices…” – Diogenes Laertius (Life Of Pyrrho) Pyrrho of Elis remains one of the most mysterious and most illusive characters of ancient

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Diogenes of Sinope and the Modern Cynics

Diogenes of Sinope is often considered one of the more eccentric, or at the very least untraditional, of the ancient Greek philosophers. He is credited as being one of the founders of cynicism and practiced these ideals through the eccentricities that filled his life. It was his belief that all artificial growths of society, such

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