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The False Promise of Stoicism

Written by Aaron Smith, Instructor and Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute [The Ayn Rand Institute has granted permission to Classical Wisdom Weekly to republish this article in its entirety, originally published in New Ideal, but does not necessarily endorse the images accompanying it or other content on this site.] Over the past decade, the ancient Greek

Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

How Can We Train our Character?

“I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character?” – “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank Some books are well worth a reread… and this one is no exception. Many

Discipline: Lessons from the Ancient World

Written by David Hooker, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Derived from the Latin discipulus, “discipline” has several shades of meaning.  It can mean a branch of knowledge or learning, or “a training that develops self-control, character, or efficiency,” or submission to an authority and a system of rules, such as those for military purposes, or a

The Antonine Plague

Written by Katherine Smyth, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Imagine, if you will, that it’s the year 165 AD. There are two Emperors of Rome, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, who have been ruling together for four years, and day-to-day life is good. The new emperor’s permit free speech, they’re popular with the Roman military, and

The False Promise of Stoicism

Written by Aaron Smith, Instructor and Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute [The Ayn Rand Institute has granted permission to Classical Wisdom Weekly to republish this article in its entirety, originally published in New Ideal, but does not necessarily endorse the images accompanying it or other content on this site.] Over the past decade, the ancient Greek