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  • Aug 03 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Tragedy and the Loss of Ethics

Oedipus and Antigone by Charles Jalabert (1842)

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Intro

Ethics seem like something that would be particularly helpful when you need to make a decision. In reality, ethics quite often seem to be more of a hindrance than a help. In many situations ethics may just get in the way and complicate the path to a resolution. Continue Reading

  • Jul 27 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence…

Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Imagine Plato, the famous philosopher, and Socrates, his teacher, going out for a drink. After half an hour they are already running short of things to say (very difficult to imagine, but nevertheless let’s try) and an awkward silence descends over the conversation. Continue Reading

  • Jun 08 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

The Ethics of Tragedy

Antigone in front of the dead Polynices by Nikiphoros Lytras

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Do we really need tragedy in our lives? At first the answer seems ridiculously easy. No, thank you.

Yet it seems to me that only tragedy can successfully nurture our inner ethical compass and our sense of empathetic compassion for others and for ourselves. Continue Reading

  • Dec 22 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Why Learn Ancient Greek?

Ancient Greece

 

By Edward Townes, M.Sc.

We often think of the Ancient Greeks and Romans as being very similar, both being from the Classical, Iron Age, of the Mediterranean world. The reasons for studying Greek culture and language are similar to the reasons for studying the Romans and their language, Latin, but there are also a number of unique reasons why Ancient Greece is so important and why it is a worthwhile area of study in its own right. Continue Reading