Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Greeks and the Hebrews

The ancient Greek religion like many others of their time, shared some basic theological views. However, the ancient Hebrew religion differed in many ways. First of all, the Hebrews believed in one God, while the Greeks believed in a pantheon … Continue reading

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Archaic Greek Vase

Here is a very ancient Greek vase. The story depicted here is the tale of Odysseus and the Sirens. In Homers Odyssey the Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures, which lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music  to shipwreck them … Continue reading

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The Warning of Demaratus

After the first invasion of Greece failed, King Xerxes of Persia planed a second invasion against the Greeks. Xerxes looked however to one of his closest advisors for a second opinion. So Demaratus the son of Ariston gave him his … Continue reading

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Athenian Democracy

Athenian democracy was divided into four governmental sections The Assembly, The Counsel of Five Hundred, The Law Courts, and The Magistrate. The Assembly could consist of any amount of Athenian Citizens. Usually the amount of citizens in the assembly was … Continue reading

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Aristotelian Liberty

Aristotelian liberals believe that Aristotle was not a libertarian, however they believe that there are some ideals that Aristotle believed that do comply with their worldview. When Aristotle spoke of living a good human life (that is a life lived … Continue reading

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Spartan Culture

In the late eighth century BC, the Spartan people felt they did not have the agricultural means to support themselves. Thus they went to war with and conquered Messenia. The Spartans then enslaved the Messenian people, who were now called … Continue reading

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Plato’s Kings

In “The Republic: The Philosopher King”, Plato presents us with his view of who should lead a nation. He tells us that he thinks the philosopher kings are the precise men to lead a nation. However, what sort of qualities … Continue reading

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The Cave

The philosopher Plato presents us with the allegory of the cave. In the allegory, there are some people chained up in a cave. They are chained in such a way where they cannot see to their left, to their right, … Continue reading

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Scarlet Ibis

Again I bring you a photo from the Bronx Zoo. This bird is called a Scarlet Ibis. I really like how this photo is super clear. The photo’s sharpness is made possible by my telephoto zoom lens. If you want … Continue reading

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