Plato was walking along the road…

…when a friend stopped him and said “My friend, I must tell you something bad I heard about one of your students.” Plato said, “First answer me the three tests of knowledge. One, have you personally checked if this thing is true?” “No” the friend answered. “Then two,” said Plato, “Will this knowledge make me happier?” “No”. came the reply. “Then there is one final … Continue reading Plato was walking along the road…

Epictetus

  “Difficulties are things that show people who they really are!” A slave born in Hierapolis that was to become a saint-like figure for the Greeks and the Romans. Poor, homeless he struggled with super-human energy and dedication to ease the pain of the sufferings of humanity through his teachings. One of his gratest fans was Marcus Aurelius himself! Centuries later, the US Navy Admiral … Continue reading Epictetus

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 of Argos was wiped out. The Spartans; they just have to … Continue 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… The first recorded use of the middle finger! 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 up in the Nineties, my friends and I were amateur neuroscientists. … Continue reading Anxious? Depressed? Try Greek philosophy