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Making Brave Men

“Go, stranger, and to Lacedaemon tell
That here, obeying her behests, we fell.”
Spartan Monument at Thermopylae, as recorded by Herodotus in The Histories

Few stories in our history so capture the imagination.

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Wednesday Quotes

Aesop: Legendary Voice for the Voiceless

Very little is known of the Aesop that actually existed — if there even were such a person.

Herodotus,  writing some two hundred years after Aesop is believed to have lived, … 236 more words

13th Century

The Opposite of the Most Disgraceful Thing

“Their sons are carefully instructed from their fifth to their twentieth year, in three things alone—to ride, to draw the bow, and to speak the truth.”

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Wednesday Quotes

Poetry and History

Monday Morning Musings

“Prose is words in their best order; poetry is the best words in their best order.”

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Herodotus says, “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Good Lie, and is Truth Merely a Tactic Anyway?

‘A lie that serves a vital purpose, after all, is a lie that should be told. Whether we tell falsehoods or nothing but the truth, we all of us have the same objective: liars are always on the alert for the chance to profit by convincing others of their lies, just as those who tell the truth do so with the aim of ending up more trusted by everyone else, and thereby acquiring profit in their own manner. 666 more words

History Of Ideas

Great Books // The Histories

It is the greatest and the tallest of trees that the gods bring low with bolts and thunder. For the gods love to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.

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HC 004 - "Herodotean Studies in the Twenty-First Century" by H.J. Kim

In the fourth episode of the History Considered Podcast, I discuss new books critical of the right wing in American politics. I also conduct an overview of a new article from the  84 more words