Thursday, August 4, 2011

What can the Ancient Greeks do for us?

I was going through my Sparks feature on Google+ with my various interests, some of them regarding Greece and ancient Greece when I came upon this series of articles from The Guardian, where they have a section that follows the current social and political climate in Greece, titled: Greece in Crisis. However, they have also added small tidbits of information regarding ancient Greece, which are entertaining for their historical tidbits, but also as to how the author tries to tie parts of the past with its current situation.

Lesson 1: Tactics for engaging in civil disobedience, from Antigone to Aristophanes

Lesson 2: The first mention of money in classical Greece

Lesson 3: family can be murder as well as a dream for a Viennese psychoanalyst

Lesson 4: As Socrates found out to his cost, teaching brilliant and ambitious youths can be dangerous

Lesson 5: Greeks and others

The old is always alive, in many ways.



Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline, angel of Jove, and Maia's son divine; Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind. Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill: With winged feet, 'tis thine thro' air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse: Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine: With pow'r endu'd all language to explain, of

care the loos'ner, and the source of gain. Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Kerukeion, blessed, profitable God; Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind: Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear; Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory's increase.

[banner source]

  © Blogger template 'Darken' by 2008

Back to TOP