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If You Win, You Lose: The Philosopher’s Political Dilemma

Written by Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The philosopher in Plato’s Laws, called the Athenian stranger, converses with old men settled in their habits and attached to the regimes in which they live. Kleinias and Megillus are exemplars of pious traditionalism. Moreover, they propose to travel to its very source–the cave in which

Learning Greek with the Ancients: Noesis

Written by Visnja Bojovic, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom It is old news that ancient thinkers were constantly questioning human learning, morals and behavior. Greek perceptions of the mind or soul were very different from contemporary views, which can make them all the more difficult to grasp for the modern reader. However, we will make an

The Undermined Valentine

Written by Nickolas Pappas, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There’s a story about love in Plato’s Symposium that captures the feeling of romantic love superbly, like a Valentine to everyone who’s ever had that experience. This may be why the story is one of those pieces from a Platonic dialogue (like the Atlantis legend) that people

Is Violence Ever Okay?

There are many ways to make change in the world, many sorts of paths to achieve your goals. Anyone familiar with the X-men stories will recognize the non-violence tactic versus the action packed version (often with deadly results), as exemplified by Professor X and Magneto. What is perhaps lesser known is that the Marvel comic,

Achieving Your Goals: Advice from the Ancients

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “If a thing is humanly possible, consider it within your reach” –Marcus Aurelius In early April around 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians held civilization’s first-recorded New Year celebration. To the ancient Babylonians, New Year’s resolutions and traditions were extrinsically motivated. During the 12-day new year festival, new

How Can We Know Ourselves?

“Know Thyself” From the Greek γνῶθι σεαυτόν to the Latin nosce te ipsum or temet nosce…. You probably recognize the saying… Especially if you watched this weekend’s Classical Wisdom webinar on the Delphic Oracle. These two words have had a profound impact on history, philosophy and the development of wisdom itself. Arguably the most famous