Spartan army in retreat because of women? [The Telesilla incident]

Back in the summer of 495 B.C a victorious Spartan army marches against the defenseless city of Argos. A few hours earlier that army annihilated the army of Argos. Now, the Spartan king Kleomenes leads his hoplites against the city which is empty of troops. They think it’s all over. It was. The army ofContinue reading “Spartan army in retreat because of women? [The Telesilla incident]”

Diogenes: Politically incorrect

An anecdote that involves the cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (404-323 B.C.): ” When some strangers (visiting Athens) expressed a wish to see Demosthenes, he (Diogenes the cynic) stretched out his middle finger and said, “There goes the demagogue of Athens.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Book VI. Chapter 2. [34]  So, there you go…Continue reading “Diogenes: Politically incorrect”

Anxious? Depressed? Try Greek philosophy

(Article published online at: telegraph.co.uk) By Jules Evans, 29 Jun 2013 Crippled by social anxiety and burnt out after a decade of hedonism, Jules Evans eventually found inspiration from the ancient Greeks. Here he tells how 2,000-year-old words of wisdom transformed his life and equipped him to help others solve their modern-day problems Growing upContinue reading “Anxious? Depressed? Try Greek philosophy”