A Classical World Timeline

Doing an Open Learn course ‘Introducing The Classical World’ which suggests making my own personalised timeline of the ancient world, so I thought I’d post the results here. Timelines can help us to situate things better and see relations between different events with more clarity. History is, of course, a bit of a mess and…

On Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia

Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia (On Sense and Sensible Objects) tells us a lot about how vision was thought to work and talks about all the sense organs and how they were understood by other natural scientists. Although most of it is clearly bogus by today’s standards, I find Aristotle’s biology fascinating as many of the ideas…

Pericles’ Funeral Oration Vocab

Feeling a little daunted left alone with the original Greek, without any commentaries or vocab lists, so I decided to make my own. All translations are from the Perseus website and do not necessarily match the meanings in Thucydides’ text. 2:35 ἐπαινέω approve, applaud, commend προστίθημι put to θάπτω honour with funeral rites ἀγορεύω speak…

Plato on Virtue & Courage

Been doing an Open Learn course on Plato’s Laches and felt inspired enough to post a few thoughts. In this work, Plato’s Socrates distinguishes courage as a part of virtue, which he decides that they should try to define before moving on to investigate what the whole of virtue is.  Yet, I was certainly in…