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Do Philosopher Queens Exist?

You know how it goes… all ancient men hated women. Right? And Socrates… well, he was a terrible husband. So surely that means he wouldn’t have anything nice to say about the ‘fairer’ sex. And then, there is the Woman Question… It’s a scene in Plato’s Republic…. The debate between Glaucon and Socrates is over

The History of the Symposium in the Ancient World

Written by Titus, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Today, symposia are rather overlooked, considered something strictly limited to serious business or academic activities. In the ancient world, they were an important part of everyday life. The word symposium is derived from the Greek word “symposio” that translates as “drinking together.” The symposium was often a part

Plato’s Symposium: Love and Philosophy

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Plato is regarded by many as the world’s greatest philosopher. In his dialogues, he examined everything from the nature of reality, to ethics, to beauty, to the state. The Symposium, which you can read in full here, is the summation of Plato’s ideas on love, and have proven very influential.

Should “The Rock” Play Plato?

Apparently there’s a petition for Dwayne Johnson, more popularly known as “The Rock”, to play Plato… or if there isn’t already there definitely should be one! Now, hear me out… While we all know the Athenian philosopher was called Plato(n), the origins of his more famous moniker are still quite mysterious. What we do know

Mimesis: Aristotle vs. Plato on Poetry

Written by Visnja Bojovic, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In a previous article, we discussed Aristotle’s inspiration to write the Poetics (a treatise on drama and literary theory), and the notion of catharsis that emerged as a result. As we concluded, it is highly probable that Aristotle’s treatise was written in response to Plato’s criticism of

#CancelCulture: Lessons from the Ancient World (PART 2)

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Classical Wisdom for Modern Minds You remember our mandate. Here we believe classical wisdom can ring true for modern minds. The great minds of classical antiquity still have much to teach us. You need only show up to class. And if you’d like to know how this