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Wednesday Wisdom - Thinking Words, #8, 2015

You, who out of black darkness were first to lift up a shining light, revealing the hidden blessings of life – you are my guide, O glory of the Grecian race.  

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Upon Entering A Classroom: Unsolicited Reflections on Teaching

My collaborator and co-conspirator Palaiophron recently achieved a long-term goal of obtaining a position as a Latin teacher in a local high school. Over 15 years ago, I started on my… 1,844 more words


Athens Gave us Everything!? (Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 6.1-11)

“Athens, that famous name, first gave to sickly man
Fruit bearing crops long ago and with them
Created life anew and called for laws
And first offered the sweet comforts of life… 148 more words


The #Lucretius Meme Campaign

SocietyofEpicurus.com has published a series of memes based on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the 1st-Century great Epicurean masterpiece which proposed natural explanations for things that inspired superstitious fear and awe in ancient man (like the orbits of planets and lightening), explained their early theory of the atom and of natural selection, proposed that there was an innumerable quantity of worlds with life in them, and many other fascinating ideas that are still considered progressive today.  88 more words


Death as a Value

Death, prima facie, is a distressing prospect. The anxiety that it provokes upon reflection would seem to reveal unambiguous consequences; namely, that death – the secession of consciousness – is an evil, for it is difficult to reason why one would fear that which is good. 2,408 more words


The News of War Corrupts our Public Discourse: Ennius, Annales fr. Book viii. 252-8

Ennius, Annales book 8, 262-8

“After the battles are well-known
Wisdom is publicly rejected, affairs are pursued with force,
A good speaker is spurned, and the wretched warrior is loved. 261 more words


Lucretius: Is religion evil?

Lucretius, in his book On the Nature of Things, sets down the tragic story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia to appease the gods, and posits the age old question. 91 more words