Category: Classics

  • Your Occasional Stoic – Throw Away Your Books; Despise Your Flesh

    Whatever this is that I am, it is a little flesh and breath, and the ruling part. Throw away your books — no longer distract yourself: it is not allowed. As if you’re now dying, despise the flesh. It is blood and bones and a network, a contexture of nerves, veins, and arteries. See the […]

  • Your Occasional Stoic: Poetry, but not a poet

    To the gods I am indebted for having good grandfathers, good parents, a good sister, good teachers, good associates, good kinsmen and friends, nearly everything good. Further, I owe it to the gods that I was not hurried into any offence against any of them, though I had a disposition which, if opportunity had offered, […]

  • Review: Aurelius’s Meditations

    Meditations: A New Translation Marcus Aurelius (trans. Hays) This is most people’s introductions to the philosophy of Stoicism — it was certainly mine. This is* the private writings of the emperor Aurelius, written in Greek, and intended as, perhaps, a set of private exhortations to himself to be better. It is comprised of a series […]

  • 100 Days of Milo — Amateur Classicists

    This week in 100 days of Milo I’m going to feature some posts and pages about one of my non-sport related interests – classical history and thought. Here’s a page collecting my “amateur classicist” posts about average people who found time to study the classical world.  

  • Review: Fox’s The Riddle in the Labyrinth

    The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code Margalit Fox I’ve been fascinated by the story of decipherment of Linear B, the language originally found by Authur Evans on Crete and eventually deciphered by the troubled amateur Michael Ventris, for years. It was a great puzzle — a sort of black […]

  • Review: Epictetus’s Enchiridon and Discourses

    Discourses and Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) Epictetus. Freed slave, logician, and stoic, is one of the many classical writers more often referenced than read. Epictetus’s name is bandied frequently when the subject of stoicism comes up. His writings were extremely influential on Marcus Aurealius (some of the writing attributed to Epictetus exists only in quotation […]

  • Ann Yearsley – Poet, Mother, Abolitionist, Classicist

    Ann Yearsley was an 18th century milk woman, farmer’s wife and the mother of six children. She was also a poet, an auto-didactic classicists, and a fierce abolitionist.  She was, in other words, completely amazing. Yearley was born in a poor family in the Bristol and taught to read and write by her parents. While […]

  • Alfred Williams – Poet, Factory Worker, Classicist

    Alfred Williams (1877-1930) Author of Life in a Railway Factory, Williams taught himself Greek and Latin while working full time in a factory. William’s left school at 11 to work at a farm laborer, before becoming a steamhammer operator at age 14. He worked in that factory for the next twenty four years and also […]

  • Classical Sources for the Milo Stories

    Classical Sources for the Milo Stories

    A collection of the classical sources for the Milo stories. More on Milo can be found here.  On Saving Pythagoras and the Philosophers: Milo, who was the most renowned of wrestlers, and lived in terms of intimacy with Pythagoras, who abode long in this city[meaning Croton]. They relate that at a banquet of the philosophers, […]

  • Your Occasional Stoic: Marcus and the Perfect Mentors

    From Maximus: self-mastery, immune to any passing whim; good cheer in all circumstances, including illness; a nice balance of character, both gentle and dignified; an uncomplaining energy for what needs to be done; the trust he inspired in everyone that he meant what he said and was well-intentioned in all that he did; proof against […]