89. Menexenus by Plato (c.386 BC)

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

Ancient Greek Literature

Dark Earth's Far-Seen Star: Delos Through the Eyes of Pindar

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

Mediterranean Mondays

BookTuber Tuesday - Classical Literature

[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. 18 more words

Inspiration

The Best Stories of Herodotus (And Why You're Going to Read Them)

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

History

80. Wealth, by Aristophanes (388 BC)

Plot: The God Wealth has been blinded by a jealous Zeus and cannot tell good men from bad, thereby bestowing his gifts on undeserving criminals and politicians. 236 more words

Ancient Greek Literature

75. The Ecclesiazusae (Assemblywomen), by Aristophanes (c.392 BC)

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

Ancient Greek Literature

Longus, Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe by Longus

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

Book Reviews