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Aristotle: Happiness is an Activity

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known), and also it is the most continuous because we are more capable of continuous contemplation

Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Alexander III of Macedon is perhaps one of the most notorious figures to come out of the ancient world, for better or worse. Born in Pella in 356 BCE to the King Philip II, it seemed destined that Alexander the Great follow in the family business of military

St. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom St Patrick’s Day is celebrated, often riotously, around the world and is popular among both Irish and non-Irish. Yet many are unaware of the dramatic life of this Christian saint who was also a Roman citizen. Fewer still are aware of his importance not only for Irish, but

Ten Things We Can Learn From the Ancients: How to Live Better

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Greeks and Romans have decisively shaped Western civilization, which in turn has influenced modern global culture and society. Today, we can still learn from their teachings and thought. They were interested in the same things as we are, such as happiness, freedom, and well-being. Graeco-Roman civilization can

Philosophy: Who Needs It?

Alice O’Connor (born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum) was a Russian immigrant who came to America with all the hopes and ambitions that encompassed the American dream. Arriving in New York in 1926, she cried at the Manhattan skyline with what she described as “tears of splendor”.  In her newfound homeland, she wrote plays for Broadway, worked as

What Makes a Republic? The Evolution of a Political System.

By Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In the contemporary world, republics are the most common form of government, yet few of us take the time to consider what a republic actually is. If we want to more deeply understand the nature of republics, we need to look back to the ancient examples of Rome,