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Book Club | September 2020: Plato Timaeus and Critias

"Looking towards the sea, but in the centre of the whole island, there was a plain which is said to have been the fairest of all plains and very fertile. Near the plain again, and also in the centre of the island at a distance of about fifty stadia, there was a mountain not very high on any side." Our September Book Club selection comprises two dialogues of Plato which… Read more

Book Club | October 2018: Plato Ion

"Hold it right there. Tell me this, Ion—respond to what I ask without concealment. When you say well the epic verses and induce a feeling of bedazzlement for the spectators...are you then in your right mind, or outside yourself? Does your mind, possessed by the god, suppose that you are in the midst of the actions you describe in Ithaca or Troy, or wherever the epic verses have it?" This… Read more

Anaximander On My Mind

In this post I will attempt to summarize some discussions on astronomy and geography, while focusing on the work of Anaximander, my favorite physiologos. He was a native of Miletos, son of Praxiades, pupil and successor of Thales. He approached an understanding the world through rationalization and argumented dialogue [logos]. Read more

The Antigone Meeting: A Dialogue

Two groups of high school students, one in Greece and the other in the United States, performed a selection of Sophocles' Antigone, then met via Google+ Hangout to discuss their experiences of learning and staging this ancient tragedy. The selected passage (lines 441–581) focuses on the highly charged moment when Creon first confronts his niece, Antigone, and accuses her of burying her brother, Polyneices, against his decree. Read more