Plot: Very different from Plato’s other Socratic dialogues, Menexenus provides no philosophic debate, but consists largely of a funeral speech to honour the war dead of Athens repeated by Socrates to his young friend Menexenus. 584 more words
There is a line by Pindar, a fifth-century-B.C. Greek poet, in which he describes the island of Delos, one of the most barren and inhospitable of all Greek islands, as ‘the dark earth’s far-seen star’: 454 more words
Have you ever read Herodotus? Let me guess: the answer is no. Are you ever going to read Herodotus? You bet.
Well, bits of it, at any rate. 543 more words
Plot: The women of Athens have had enough ineffective government from the men of the city, so they disguise themselves as men, and led by Praxagora, invade the Assembly and vote women into the role of managing the city. 400 more words
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This early pastoral romance (dating from the second or third century A.D.) is both entertaining in itself and a good corrective to the received wisdom that the novel is a quintessential invention of Cervantes or capitalism or Protestantism or the eighteenth century. 1,007 more words