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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.

Can Marcus Really Help?

Marcus Aurelius is a pop icon. Well, almost… Don’t get me wrong – I’m definitely a fan of this up and coming trend. I like to think of him as a gateway drug to philosophy and the classics. I’m also not one of ‘those’ classics lovers who only like obscure references and lesser known historical

Do the Classics Matter?

“So… what do you write about?” “Ancient Greece and Rome” “Uh huh.. and um… why again?” “Ahh… well, do you have a moment?” Replace ‘write’ with ‘read/study/discuss/like’, and it’s a conversation I imagine many of us have had. With the Odyssey firmly tucked under our arms, it’s as if we are classical missionaries trying to

Why are Monsters SO Cool?

Let’s face it… Monsters are cool. Whether you are 5 or 50, they can enthrall, enchant and terrify! But… why? Seriously, what causes humans all over the globe, all throughout history to invent these creative creatures that can scare us so? And, more specific to the Greco-Roman world, what is it about our classical monsters

Can Stoicism Offer a Practical Guide on How to Live Now?

Can Ancient Philosophy provide real life solutions in our Modern times? One of the keynote speakers to Classical Wisdom’s inaugural Online Symposium, the brilliant philosopher, prominent Stoic and hugely popular author, Massimo Pigliucci, says Yes. (For those who aren’t already familiar with Professor Pigliucci – he is quite the polymath! Born in Liberia, Massimo Pigliucci

A Toast To The Ancients

By Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Wining and dining — and philosophizing — is the way the Ancients celebrated life. In fact, wine was a cultural staple for the ancient Greeks. Considering that their civilization is the foundation for much of western civilization, wine becomes an important part of our collective heritage. Archaeological digs