Category Archives: Ancient Greece

Aiskhylos — Agammemnon. The Khoros recalls how the war began, then watches Queen Klytaimnestra enter

Note: For more, please see Aiskhylos — Agamemnon. Agamemnon The Khoros recalls how the war began, then watches Queen Klytaimnestra enter (lines 40-103) by Aiskhylos (Aeschylus) Translated by William P. Coleman Khoros It’s ten years since Priam’s great adversary Lord … Continue reading

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Aiskhylos — Agammemnon. Watchman’s Prologue: Ten years of waiting and now, finally, victory so the King can return

Note: For more, please see Aiskhylos — Agamemnon. Agamemnon Watchman’s Prologue: Ten years of waiting and now, finally, victory so the King can return (lines 1-39) by Aiskhylos (Aeschylus) Translated by William P. Coleman Watchman I ask this of the … Continue reading

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Courteous, vigorous debate

Note: this was posted in 1997 to an early internet experiment. For more of my posts, please see The Hyperforum on Sustainability. This post was a reply I made to a post by another member, David, but I think it … Continue reading

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Plato and Protagoras: “. . . of things that are, how they are . . .”

How can we know what Plato really thought? He never (almost never) spoke for himself. He wrote “dialogues” in which the only voices belong to the characters. We know what Meno, Protagoras, Theaitetos, and the others say — but what … Continue reading

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. . . every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake wrote about the “doors of perception.” The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of … Continue reading

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Politics, the Polis, aloofness, and involvement

Parthenon, North Frieze J. J. Pollitt’s The Art of Ancient Greece is a book that I’ve learned much from — and plan to write several entries about. I’m grateful to Pollitt. In one place in this book, though, he makes … Continue reading

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Socrates — running his hand through Phaedo’s hair

Plato’s Phaedo is one of the hardest dialogues for me to understand. The way some commentators present it seems uncompromisingly, patronizingly self-righteous. Yet, I think there are more humanistic ways to understand it.

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