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Classical Wisdom Speaks
39 minutes | May 19, 2022
How have Plato and Socrates influenced Stoicism? With Nancy Sherman
Many people don’t see the connection between the key ancient philosophers, Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and the growing trend of Stoicism - but how was Stoicism influenced by these earlier thinkers? Nancy Sherman, who holds the rank of a distinguished University Professor at Georgetown university, and has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, discusses the practical tools of Stoicism, how its been influenced by previous philosophers as well as the NEED for Plato. Nancy Sherman is also a New York Times Notable Author and her most recent book is Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience... she will be speaking LIVE on the topic of "Aristotle and the Stoics on Flourishing" this May 21st, 2022 at the inaugural conference for the Plato's Academy Centre. Co-hosted by Classical Wisdom, all donations will go to the reconstruction of Plato's Academy in Athens. Make sure to secure your tickets to this HISTORIC event HERE: https://platosacademycentre1.eventbrite.caYou can get Nancy's book, Stoic Wisdom, Here: https://www.amazon.com/Stoic-Wisdom-Ancient-Lessons-Resilience/dp/0197501834
55 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Bringing Beauty to Education
Has our modern system of education become obsessed with the practical and technical to the detriment of a contemplative view of education? Can we help students find awe, curiosity, contemplation - and most important of all - meaning? It’s time to recover the role of Beauty in education, to show how a liberal arts education can form us as integral persons—mind, body, and soul.Featuring Margarita Mooney Suarez of the Scala Foundation, Alexandra Hudson of Civic Renaissance and Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom.We discuss the nature of poetic knowledge, finding beauty in a multi-cultural world, and the French philosopher, La Jacques Maritain.This event is brought to you by Classical Wisdom and Civic Renassiancehttps://classicalwisdom.com/https://www.civic-renaissance.com/About the Speakers:Margarita Mooney Suarez is currently an Associate Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, having served as faculty at institutions of higher education since 2005. She is also founder and executive director of Scala Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring meaning and purpose to universities and schools by promoting liberal arts education. As a woman whose work lies at the intersection of the social sciences with philosophy and theology, she excels at encouraging students, readers, listeners and audiences to think about important questions in beauty, education, femininity, vocation, hope and faith in new and different ways.You can find out more about Scala Foundation here: https://scalafoundation.org/Alexandra Hudson is an award winning journalist, author, and speaker, as well as the founder of Civic Renaissance, a newsletter and intellectual community dedicated to moral and cultural renewal.Anya Leonard is the founder and Director of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. Anya studied philosophy and comparative literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, a great books program and received her MA in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has recently published a children’s book, Sappho: The Lost Poetess, dedicated to the life, works and remarkable recent discovery of a poem written by the 7th century Poetess, Sappho. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
92 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
How Stoicism Can Help: Finding a Philosophy for Life
If Seneca said Luck is when preparation meets opportunity... is Resilience when preparation meets struggle?Even if you aren't suffering pain, loss, or anxiety now... the reality is one day you will, and how you handle it can be greatly influenced by how you prepare for it...Aka, it's always worthwhile to do the 'work', philosophically speaking that is... 😉Stoicism can help with health issues like Chronic pain, PTSD and anxiety... it can improve your relationships as well as your home life...and it has useful tactics that stick... whether you learn them when you need them, or when you prepare for the inevitable. Listen to this fascinating panel bring together the philosophical and the practical on Stoicism: health, home and community. Featuring: Karen "Duff" Duffy, model, television personality, actress, and author of “Wise Up”; Donald Robertson, a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, writer as well as one of the founding members of the non-profit group, Modern Stoicism; and Nancy Sherman, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and New York Times Notable Author. Moderated by Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. You can buy Duff's fantastic book, "Wise Up: Irreverent Enlightenment from a Mother Who's Been Through It" Here: https://www.sealpress.com/titles/karen-duffy/wise-up/9781541620483/You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: https://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/You can enjoy Donald's book, How to Think like a Roman Emperor here: https://www.amazon.com/How-Think-Like-Roman-Emperor/dp/1250196620#Get your own copy of Nancy's Book: Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Resilience here:https://www.amazon.com/Stoic-Wisdom-Ancient-Lessons-Resilience/dp/0197501834About the speakers: Karen Duffy is the New York Times bestselling author of Model Patient... and most recently, "Wise Up: Irreverent Enlightenment from a Mother Who's Been Through It ". She is a producer, actress, and former MTV VJ. She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in New York. Nancy Sherman is a New York Times Notable Author. Her most recent book is Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience. She is also the author of Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers; The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers a New York Times Editors' pick; Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind; Making a Necessity of Virtue: Aristotle and Kant on Virtue; The Fabric of Character: Aristotle's Theory of Virtue, and the editor of Critical Essays on the Classics: Aristotle's Ethics. She has written over 60 articles in the area of ethics, military ethics, the history of moral philosophy, ancient ethics, the emotions, moral psychology, and psychoanalysis. She has delivered over 60 named or keynote lectures and plenary addresses here and abroad. Nancy Sherman holds the distinguished rank of University Professor at Georgetown University.Donald Robertson, president of Plato’s Academy centre, is a writer, trainer, and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He is a dual UK and Canadian citizen, with permanent residence in Greece. He is the author of six books on philosophy and psychotherapy, includin
72 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Are Ancient Languages Necessary?
In 2021 Princeton University scrapped the Ancient Greek and Latin requirements for Classics students... and this sparked a huge debate, both within the classics community and the general classics loving public as well. We ask: Should ancient Greek and Latin be required for Classics students? What is the future of ancient languages?It used to be that you couldn't even enter university without knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek...but as time goes on, these language requirements have been lowered... and today they have been almost completely dropped, even in the Classics department.Is this good? Is this bad? Should ancient Greek and Latin be required for Classics students? Or are our modern translations sufficient?Moreover, how can those who don't know ancient languages benefit from the wisdom of these texts? Beyond academe, can the lay person enjoy the wisdom of history to live a richer life?Featuring former Eton ancient Greek teacher, Lalya Lloyd, Alexandra Hudson of Civic Renassiance and Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom.Learn more about Classical Wisdom here: http://classicalwisdom.com/And about Civic Renassiance here: https://www.civic-renaissance.com/About the Speakers:Lalya Lloyd is an Athens-based teacher and writer who has spent a lifetime living and teaching classics. She was raised by a classicist and studied at Cambridge under Mary Beard. In between she won a prize for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). More recently, she taught classics at Eton. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is working on a book about ancient and modern Greece. Other current projects include editing a forthcoming biography of Marcus Aurelius for Yale UP.Alexandra Hudson is an award winning journalist, author, and speaker, as well as the founder of Civic Renaissance, a newsletter and intellectual community dedicated to moral and cultural renewal.Anya Leonard is the founder and Director of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. Anya studied philosophy and comparative literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, a great books program and received her MA in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has recently published a children’s book, Sappho: The Lost Poetess, dedicated to the life, works and remarkable recent discovery of a poem written by the 7th century Poetess, Sappho. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
56 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Ancient Greek Myths... REVISED
The Time has come... to tell the other side of the myth... the one where Medea isn't so bad... but Penelope is. What if Pandora didn’t have a box? And it wasn’t even filled with evils? What if Helen of Troy (nay Sparta) wasn’t really the face that launched a thousand ships?Perhaps it’s time to look at the Greek myths a bit more carefully... and see what versions we are choosing to reiterate... and why? Featuring NATALIE HAYNES, author of six books, including A Thousand Ships, which was a national bestseller and shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Comedian and ardent proponent of making the classics accessible, Natalie has written and recorded seven series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for the BBC. She has written for The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and The Observer. Natalie join us from London.You can purchase Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Pandoras-Jar-Women-Greek-Myths/dp/1509873112/Want your own guide to the Greek Gods? Get a free e-book here: https://classicalwisdom.com/free-guide-to-the-greek-gods/ You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/
55 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
How Marcus Aurelius Got His 'Insulting' Nickname: Verissimus
Donald Robertson's upcoming Graphic Novel tells the tale of Marcus Aurelius like never before... How did Marcus Aurelius get his nickname? And why was it such a slap in the face... to his brother? And how does this new medium teach about both the Roman emperor and Stoic philosophy at the same time? We delve into the man, the legend, and who exactly should play Marcus Aurelius in the next Hollywood blockbuster.You can pre-order your own copy of Verissimus HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Verissimus-Stoic-Philosophy-Marcus-Aurelius/dp/1250270952Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, writer as well as one of the founding members of the non-profit group, Modern Stoicism. He's the author of six books on philosophy and psychotherapy, including Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013), How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (2019) and his latest graphic novel on Marcus Aurelius, of which we speak about today...Was Alexander the Great REALLY that Great? Get a free magazine dedicated to the ancient Hellenic King and find out here: https://classicalwisdom.com/free-guide-alexander-the-great/ Thank you to our Classical Wisdom Society Members who make this podcast possible. If you would like to become a Society Member and help support the classics, please go to https://classicalwisdom.com/ and click Start here.
53 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Is the Myth of Atlantis TRUE? With Angie Hobbs
The Myth of Atlantis has captured the imagination since ancient times... when even then people questioned whether it was true or not. Renowned British philosopher and academic, Angie Hobbs delves into the validity of Plato's myth... and what it means for us today. More about Angie: Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media, including 24 appearances on BBC’s In Our Time on Radio 4. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey and been the guest on Desert Island Discs, Private Passions and Test Match Special. She was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2019 and was on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council 2018-9 for Values, Ethics and Innovation. Her most recent publication for the general public is Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book...which you can purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Platos-Republic-Ladybird-Expert/dp/0718188527You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: https://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/
35 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
In Search of Sarcophagi with Barry Ferst
Sarcophagus comes from Greek, with "sarco" meaning flesh and "phagus" meaning eater... but what can a flesh eating box tell us about the ancient Romans? Dr. Ferst drove a hundred thousand miles across four continents in over fourteen expeditions in search of the remaining 2000 stone Sarcophagi scattered across the globe. Barry Ferst is Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Islam: Philosophy and Culture, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Art and Beauty, Carrol College. He discusses his book, “Stone Sarcophagi of the Roman Empire” and the amazing journeys he embarked on to create it. You can purchase Barry’s book, Stone Sarcophagi of the Roman Empire Here:https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Sarcophagi-Roman-Empire-Barry/dp/1984544969You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: https://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/
44 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Homer's Thebes... or lack thereof?
Why doesn't Homer mention Thebes? It was a powerful city-state, at one point the most powerful in the Mediterranean... and yet it's conspicuously not prevalent in the great epics. Perhaps its absence speaks volumes... This Classical Wisdom Speaks episode is with Elton Barker and Joel Christensen, joint authors of both Homer’s Thebes: Epic Rivalries and the Appropriation of Mythical Pasts as well as Homer: A Beginner's Guide. Elton Barker is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the School of Arts & Cultures at the Open University, in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. He is also the General Secretary at Pelagios Network and Author of “Entering the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography, and Tragedy”. Joel Christensen is Professor and Chair at the Department of Classical Studies in Brandeis University. In addition to his and Elton’s joint books, he is Author of The Many-Minded Man: The "Odyssey," Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic (Myth and Poetics II)We’ll discuss women in Archaic Greece, the possibility of a Theban Epic and whether or not Homer stole... or sampled from other traditions. You can purchase Elton and Joel’s, book, Homer’s Thebes: Epic Rivalries and the Appropriation of Mythical Pasts here: https://chs.harvard.edu/book/barker-elton-and-joel-christensen-homers-thebes/ You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: https://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/
21 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Sappho: The Lost Poetess
It was said her poetry will be sung as long as there are boats on the nile... There are still boats on the nile (last I checked) and yet almost no one know her works...So who exactly was Sappho? Why was she so controversial and what happened to her prolific body of work? Discover the remarkable life, work and loss of the 7th century BC poetess who was considered equal to Homer in this week's Classical Wisdom Speaks episode. You can help inspire the love of history, poetry and archeology in the next generation with Classical Wisdom's newest children's book - Sappho: The Lost Poetess. Purchase it on Amazon here: http://tick.news/i2 You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: http://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/
28 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
How to Keep an Open Mind... Like a Skeptic!
Skepticism has woven its way throughout the entire history of philosophy... and yet as a formal school of thought it was (and still is) fairly niche and unknown. Why is that? What does Skepticism REALLY entail? And what can we learn from the remaining Skeptic works (of which there are so few) that can help us bridge our political divides? Richard Bett, Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Johns Hopkins University and author of How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic discusses the pros and cons of Sextus’ Empiricus, the only Greek Skeptic whose work has survived.We'll delve into how exactly can ancient skepticism help you attain tranquility by learning to suspend judgment.... You can find Professor's Bett's book, How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic, Here: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691206042/how-to-keep-an-open-mind You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks here: https://classicalwisdom.com/Get your FREE Guide: How to Be Happy: An Ethical Guide to ancient Philosophy here: http://classicalwisdom.com/how-to-be-happy/
34 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés: How Do They Compare?
It's not the most intuitive comparison: Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés... but what does the Macedonian Conquerer and the Spanish Conquistador have in common? We look at their commanding abilities, motivations as well as some of the larger questions that emerge from comparing the conquests of the Persian and Aztec Empires....Featuring Justin D. Lyons, Associate Professor of Political Science, Cedarville University in Ohio and author of the book: Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés: Ambiguous Legacies of Leadership and Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom. You can purchase Justin's book, Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés: Ambiguous Legacies of Leadership, Here. You can learn more about Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Speaks at: https://classicalwisdom.com/You can also get a FREE E-book on "Money, Gold and the End of an Empire" Here: https://classicalwisdom.com/free-e-book-money-gold-endofanempire/
43 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Was Sparta Really Superior? With Myke Cole, author of the "Bronze Lie"
Is Sparta under attack? Or is it time for a new look at the ancient power? Myke Cole, author of “The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy” counts up Sparta’s wins and losses and asks: What if, in fact, the Spartans weren’t such great warriors? And what does that mean for us today?We discuss if this is true, the implications of this research and just as importantly... How should we really remember Sparta? Myke Cole is an American author of history, fantasy, and science fiction. His emergency response career spans service in the US military, intelligence, law enforcement services as well as firefighting. He starred on CBS’ investigative TV show Hunted, and Discovery Channel’s Contact. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic. To purchase Myke's new book, “The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy”, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Bronze-Lie-Shattering-Spartan-Supremacy/dp/1472843754For more information about Classical Wisdom's Podcast Classical Wisdom Speaks, please check out our website at: http://classicalwisdom.comGet our recent Magazine - dedicated to Ancient Music - with our Classical Wisdom Litterae Magazine subscription Here: https://classicalwisdom.com/product/classical-wisdom-litterae-magazine-subscription/
59 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Why did the Free City State Disappear? with Victor Davis Hanson
Why did a system of over 1,500 autonomous city-states that had resisted a massive invasion in 480 BC, lose their independent statuses to Macedon 150 years later when they were far richer and more powerful? Victor Davis Hanson, Professor Emeritus of classics at California State University and Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, delves into the fall of ancient Greece's city-states. This discussion took place LIVE on Saturday, August 21st as part of Classical Wisdom's Symposium 2021: The End of Empires and the Fall of Nations. If you would like to watch all the recordings please go to: https://courses.classicalwisdom.com/product/symposium-2021-the-end-of-empires/or email us at email@example.com.About our speaker:Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and chair of the Military History Working Group; Victor is a scholar of ancient and modern warfare and the author of many books. He is a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and the annual Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Visiting Fellow in History at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a recipient of the Bradley Prize in 2008. Victor Davis Hanson's newest book, "The Dying Citizen" was just released on October 5th: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Citizen-Progressive-Globalization-Destroying/dp/154164753XAbout our Moderators: Alexandra Hudson is an author and founder of Civic Renaissance - an intellectual community dedicated to beauty, goodness and truth and reviving the wisdom of the past. She's working on her first book on civil discourse for St Martin's Press. Alexandra O. Hudsonwww.civic-renaissance.comwww.alexandraohudson.com Anya Leonard is the founder and director of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing Ancient Wisdom to Modern minds. Her children's book, "The Lost Poetess" will be released later this month. https://classicalwisdom.com/https://classicalwisdom.com/product/sappho-the-lost-poetess/
83 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Do States and Empires Die Differently? And What Can their Deaths Teach us Today?
Celebrated historians Niall Ferguson, James Hankins of Harvard University and renowned philosopher Angie Hobbs delve into the end of empires: How they meet their demise and what that means to us in the here and now. Hosted by Jack Visnjic of Ancient Greece Declassified Podcast, this conversation covers Ancient, Renaissance and the more modern state of states. This discussion took place LIVE on Saturday, August 21st as part of Classical Wisdom's Symposium 2021: The End of Empires and the Fall of Nations. If you would like to watch all the recordings please go to: http://classicalwisdom.com/symposium or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. About our Panelists: Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize.He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm, a co-founding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company, and a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in 2018, and was a New York Times bestseller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His most recent book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, has just been published by Penguin.Angie Hobbs gained a degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick; in 2012 she was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her. Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, and ethics and political theory from classical thought to the present, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero (C.U.P). Her most recent publication for the general public is Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media, including 22 appearances on In Our Time on Radio 4. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey and been the guest on Desert Island Discs, Private Passions and Test Match Special.She was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2019 and was on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council 2018-9 for Values, Ethics and Innovation.Dr. James Hankins, professor of History at Harvard University and an intellectual historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance. He is the general editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library, which publishes bilingual editions of important Latin works of the Renaissance as well as author of many books, including, Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft.
67 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
What Control Do We Have Over the End of Empires?
What control do we have over the End of Empires? And how can we prepare for their inevitable fall? Professors A.A. Long and William B Irvine and cognitive behavior therapist, Donald Robertson discuss the role we as individuals can play during the decay of empires...and how we can mentally fortify ourselves for inevitable changes. This discussion took place LIVE on Sunday, August 22nd as part of Classical Wisdom's Symposium 2021: The End of Empires and the Fall of Nations. If you would like to watch all the recordings please go to: http://classicalwisdom.com/symposium or email us at email@example.com About our Panelists: Donald Robertson is a writer, trainer, psychotherapist, and an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He is also the founder of Modern Stoicism and the author of ‘How to Think Like a Roman Emperor’.William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is the author of eight books that have been translated into more than twenty languages. Among them are A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (Oxford University Press, 2008) and most recently, The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient (W.W. Norton, 2018). He is currently at work on a book about thinking critically, but with an open mind, in the age of the internet.Anthony Arthur Long is a British and naturalised American classical scholar and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving Stone Professor of Literature Emeritus, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including Greek Models of Mind and Self, How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life, as well as most recently, Seneca: Fifty Letters of a Roman Stoic.
35 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Anya Leonard on the Fall of Nations and End of Empires
Joel Bowman, of Bonner Private Research, interviews Anya Leonard from Classical Wisdom about the End of Empires and the Fall of Nations... in anticipation of this week's Symposium 2021 (August 21/22).Make sure to secure your tickets (and Pay what YOU want) here: https://classicalwisdom.com/symposium-2021-speakers/ Find out more about Bonner Private Research: https://www.bonnerprivateresearch.com/Time stamps - A rough guide...(00:50) - Intro(02:00) - START(02:15) - A marital disclaimer from Athens, Greece(03:05) - Don’t believe everything you hear (or read in the newspapers)(04:05) - Greece is open for business... Come visit!(04:45) - Exploring the ancient Greek concept of Xenia(05:45) - Time travelling to a pre-budget airline Europe(07:15) - Public space vs. private anxieties: developing a sense of community(09:05) - Philosophy in the time of Plague - lessons from the ancients(13:00) - The art of cherry picking - the best of the best from the classics(17:45) - Contemporary issues viewed through the lens of the past(20:05) - Rome and the USA: The rise and fall of empires, then and now(22:15) - How canceling history dooms us to repeating its mistakes(22:55) - What can we know? The search for truth, even when we’re wrong(25:15) - The End of Empire and Fall of Nations: A Classical Wisdom Symposium(28:15) - Rise of the historians: Niall Ferguson on Doom Politics(28:45) - Speaker Roster: A who’s who of the coming symposium(31:35) - Ancient Athens... from the comfort of your own home!(33:15) - Libate while I contemplate? Where can I register?(35:15) - Adrift in the Aegean: Where to next?(36:22) - END
54 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
The Seleucid Empire
Who were the Seleucids?? The largest and most diverse empire of the Hellenistic world, and yet so under-appreciated and overlooked... What do we know about this empire and why do we know so little? This week's podcast is with Derek L., the host and creator of the Hellenistic Age Podcast about this vast and vastly overlooked period of history.Now, if you find the rise and fall of empires fascinating, then we do have very exciting news... We have officially launched tickets to Classical wisdom’s symposium 2021: the end of empires and the fall of nations, taking place august 21st and 22nd. We are thrilled to have an amazing line up of some of the most brilliant minds to discuss history, philosophy and mythology. Join Niall Ferguson, Edith hall, Donald Roberson, Paul Cartledge, to name just a few! Make sure to secure your tickets at: https://classicalwisdom.com/symposium/. Best of all - we want to make sure anyone and everyone can join us for this star studded event. If you can’t afford the ticket price, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you out! You can learn more about the Hellenistic Age with Derek's podcast at: https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/Or follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod
76 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Sex, Soldiers and Thebes with James Romm, Paul Cartledge and Helene Foley
Formed in 379 BC to combat the Spartan threat...Hailed by Plato as a force that could never be beaten...The last hope to preserve the freedom of Greece...Buried together on the spot they fell....300 male lovers reveal a dramatic ancient tale whose story will leave you gripped into the end. James Romm of Bard College, and author of the Sacred Band, discusses Sex, Soldiers and Thebes with Cambridge Professor, Paul Cartledge, and Columbia Professor, Helene Foley. Moderated by Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom. They delve into the history of Thebes, the evolution of male eros and the essential role of the Sacred Band in fighting for Greek democracy. About the Speakers: James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College and specializes in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization. Dr. Romm is author of several books, including Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and most recently, “The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers fighting to save Greek Freedom”. Paul Anthony Cartledge is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College. He has published extensively on Greek history over several decades, including The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past as well as Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece (2020) Helene P. Foley is Professor of Classical Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and a member of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia. She specialises in ancient Greek literature, women and gender in antiquity, and the reception of classical drama. Helene is author of many books, her most recent being Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stag.Anya Leonard, Founder and Director of Classical Wisdom, a platform dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to Modern Minds. For more information about Classical Wisdom and Podcast Classical Wisdom Speaks, please check out our website at: http://classicalwisdom.com You can buy the speakers' excellent books below: The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers fighting to save Greek Freedom: Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American StagSign up to get Classical Wisdom's Free newsletter as well as a FREE E-book on the "Two Sides of Jesus", Here: https://classicalwisdom.com/free-e-book-two-sides-of-jesus/
48 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Art, Psychology and the Ancient World with Dr. Nickolas Pappas
Super heroes and super twisted plots... is Sophocles a better psychological playwright than Euripides? How can we understand ancient art? And would Plato have liked cubism? This Classical Wisdom Speaks Episode is with Nickolas Pappas, Professor of Philosophy and Executive Officer of the Philosophy Program, at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is an expert in Plato and author of several books, including "Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher, Politics” and “Philosophy in Plato's Menexenus” as well as “The Routledge Guidebook to Plato's Republic.” We discuss how we can understand ancient art and theater and the role psychology plays in its understanding... You can purchase Nicklas’ book, "Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher, Politics”, here: https://www.routledge.com/Platos-Exceptional-City-Love-and-Philosopher/Pappas/p/book/9780367424473 For more information about Classical Wisdom's Podcast Classical Wisdom Speaks, please check out our website at: http://classicalwisdom.com Sign up to get Classical Wisdom's Free newsletter as well as a FREE E-book on the "Two Sides of Jesus", Here: https://classicalwisdom.com/free-e-book-two-sides-of-jesus/
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