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Carnuntum: Where Marcus Aurelius Wrote The Meditations

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. (Thanks to Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, Archäologischer Park Carnuntum for permission to use photographs of their exhibits.) If thou would’st master care and pain, Unfold this book and read and read again Its blessed leaves, whereby thou soon shalt see

Evolutionary Theory in Ancient Greece & Rome

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom When we hear the word evolution, we almost immediately think of Charles Darwin. After all, Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, didn’t he? Well, yes… kind of. He certainly popularized the theory of evolution by natural selection, but the roots of such a theory can be

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

Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and Pain

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, discusses strategies for coping with pain derived from the ancient wisdom of Stoicism. The physical frailty of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was notorious, and of great concern to his subjects.  Around 174-175 AD, he was in such

Healthy Skepticism for Better Debates

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom One would have thought that in this age of information, logical fallacies would cease to exist. But, amazingly, the exact opposite has happened despite our incredible access to information. After all, we can open up an internet browser and within a few minutes we have thousands of pages

Ancient Sophistry & The Car Salesman

By Jacob Bell, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom My recent venture into the world of car sales caused me to realize that sophistry, in its most shameful guise, is still alive and well today. I am speaking of the sophistry that seeks to deceive in order to profit… either in sales or politics. During the second