The Didaskalon – A teaching place for Ancient Literature, Philosophy, and Languages.

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Ancient Advice for the Modern World

By Paul Andrew Antony.

I have been studying Ancient Greek for 8 years and Classical Latin for 4 years. I am interested in the reception of Ancient Philosophical Ideas and Maxims taken from Greek Tragedy and other ancient sources into the modern world and how they can be used to improve people lives. Drawing from Homer, Sappho, the Greek Tragedians, Herodotus, Plato, and The Stoics such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus, as well as recent authors such as Emerson and Thoreau, I hope to show that Ancient Literature can improve our lives and well being. This is particularly enhanced by the learning and speaking of the Ancient Languages themselves.

 

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One thought on “The Didaskalon – A teaching place for Ancient Literature, Philosophy, and Languages.

  1. I will start with the first maxim I encountered while studying Ancient Greek:

    Well begun is half done or The beginning is half of the whole, by Pythagorus, ~550 B.C.

    ἀρχὴ δὲ τοι ἥηισυ παντός

    How could this saying help you today? Also, if you can read Ancient Greek, how does reading the original affect your thoughts? Is the translation into English adequate?

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