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Thucydides as Tragic Poet

By Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Today we think of Thucydides as one of the first historians. Yet perhaps that word is a bit misleading, or at least doesn’t paint the full picture.   In his Poetics, Aristotle distinguishes the historian from the philosopher and the poet. History is not philosophic because it deals

Feeling a Sense of Doom? Time to turn to the Ancients

by Sean Kelly, Managing Editor, Classical Wisdom It’s easy these days to feel overwhelmed by a sense of catastrophe. Whether it’s the on-going pandemic, worries about floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, or just the normal concerns of our daily lives… the world seems filled with doom.  It is in these trying times that we

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

Reflections on the Brevity of Life

By David Hooker, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Weekly “Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” So said  the 17th Century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in his magnum opus, Leviathan. It is a stark and negative statement, to be sure. Of course, Hobbes had in mind that the life of ordinary people would go much better under