“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus” by Plutarch 1 – So much of what was floating around about Lycurgus is legend. They can’t even get the century right of when he was living. Plutarch’s sticking with the most consistent and logical accounts of what was said and written about him. Apparently he… Read more “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Lycurgus” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“Politics Book I” by Aristotle (350 BC)

“Politics Book I” by Aristotle (Notes) 1. The state is a sort community and is set up to achieve some sort of good. That’s the nature of mankind – to achieve what they think is good. Since a community is made of many men, their good must be higher than an individual’s since they are… Read more “Politics Book I” by Aristotle (350 BC)

“Ethics Book I” by Aristotle (340 BC)

1. Everything and every activity has a point to it. The purpose of building a ship is to have built a ship. But this purpose has purposes beyond it. Having a ship built has military purposes as well as fishing purposes or trade purposes. There’s almost nothing around that stands alone. The expansion of knowledge… Read more “Ethics Book I” by Aristotle (340 BC)

“Lysistrata” by Aristophanes (411 BC)

  From what I have read about Greek plays, I gather that they are meant to be watched in bunches. I doubt very much that a modern audience has the time or patience to sit through three plays. But then again, we’ve got a lot more options for entertainment and variety tends to be something… Read more “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes (411 BC)

“Clouds” by Aristophanes (423 BC)

“Clouds” by Aristophanes   Strepsiades wakes up complaining that neither his servants nor his son have woken up to start the day off. He complains that the only thing his son does is ride horses which is starting rack up some debts because of this. The son, Phidippides is talking in sleep about riding horses.… Read more “Clouds” by Aristophanes (423 BC)

“The Republic Book II” by Plato (380 BC)

“The Republic Book II” by Plato     Glaucon, Socrates’s friend, wants to know what justice is. Nobody’s happy with how that chat with Thrasymachus ended. He continues the discussion: G: Isn’t there something we like for its own sake and not just for the things they bring? And there’s also a group of things… Read more “The Republic Book II” by Plato (380 BC)

“The Republic Book I” by Plato (380 BC)

“The Republic Book I” by Plato     Socrates was at the Piraeus with some friends to see the festivities there. On his way back, he was compelled to go to the house of Cephalus – an old man. There were many people there discussing things. Cephalus complained that since he was getting so old,… Read more “The Republic Book I” by Plato (380 BC)

“Crito” by Plato (399 BC)

“Crito” by Plato     Socrates is in prison waking to be executed from his trial in “Apology”. Crito shows up ready to spring Socrates after bribing the guard. Crito is amazed how calmly Socrates is taking the idea of being put to death. Socrates says old men know that death is coming soon one… Read more “Crito” by Plato (399 BC)

“Apology” by Plato (399 BC)

“Apology” by Plato   We walk in on Socrates on trial. Before he even starts explaining and defending himself, he calls his main accusers a bunch of lying twats. He even calls them lying twats for warning the crowd not be fooled by his sweet talk. The first accusation is that he “makes the worse… Read more “Apology” by Plato (399 BC)