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The Times of Tyranny

By Ben Potter The lead-up to the Second World War was often referred to (in its own time) as the Age of the Great Dictators. The idea being that, even though the fledgling American experiment was going rather well, not all democracies were pulling their weight in the war of ideologies. Emerging dictatorial talents in

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The Pitiable Tyrant

Do you remember a few weeks ago when we had a bit of a discussion on the Platonic dialogue, Gorgias? I sure do. Those were good times, simpler times. Most of you are dedicated readers so I won’t have to remind you that we discussed the nature of rhetoric, the morality of rhetoric, and Socrates’

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It’s Not How You Say It…

  I once had a philosophy professor who told my class, with all the authority and reverence he could muster, that… “As of right now, you are all philosophers. The days of winning arguments by simply screaming louder than your opponent are over.” I usually don’t like to call myself a philosopher. I think there

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The Ages of Ancient Greece

By Ben Potter Archaic. Classical. Hellenistic. These terms are often (and quite naturally) conflated together under the generic heading of ‘classical’, or, at the very least, ‘old’. It appears that organizing history into clear, distinct eras can be a tricky business. This, of course, is more true for the Greeks than for the Romans. This

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Women in Antiquity

By Ben Potter The idea that women in antiquity were housebound is obviously ridiculous… and, paradoxically, true. That is to say, the ‘ideal’, in ancient Athens certainly, is that a woman should be neither seen nor heard, but pervade an aura of feminine invisibility. For example, Pericles (reported by Thucydides) addressed the women of Athens

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