Tag Archives: ancient Greece

And Myself Last of All

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The old man stretching his hands out called pitifully to him: ‘Hektor, beloved child, do not wait the attack of this man alone, away from the others. You might encounter your destiny beaten down by Peleion, … Continue reading

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I Beyond Others

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Then in turn the hard-working housekeeper gave him an answer: ‘Hektor, since you have urged me to tell you the truth, she is not with any of the sisters of her lord or the wives of … Continue reading

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Law Without Lawyers in Ancient Greece

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lawyers never secured a stable foothold in the societies of ancient Greece. Athenians showed little enthusiasm for the practice of law, although they enthusiastically indulged in philosophical speculations about the nature of legal systems. Indeed, they sought to … Continue reading

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“The Classical Language of Architecture” by John Summerson

Blowhard, Esq. writes: PR recommended this one to me and I found it to be a great little intro to classical building. The book is actually the transcript of six talks that Summerson, an architectural historian, gave on the BBC in … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Garni Temple, Armenia. Click on the image to enlarge.

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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian Citizen

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s the 5th century BC. Because Athens’s allies pay the city tribute (i.e. protection money in exchange for Athens shielding them from the Persians), you are sufficiently wealthy that you don’t need to work for a living. You … Continue reading

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Sophocles’s Literary Defense

Blowhard, Esq. writes: When he was 90, Sophocles was sued by his sons who argued their father was incapable of managing his financial affairs. They charged the playwright with “paranoia,” which was the ancient Greek equivalent of saying he had … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the Day

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