I read books. I know stuff.

How wonderfully passionate are the many ways that Socrates and Plato try to convince us that the only safe way that leads us to happiness, is education. Plato dreamed of public libraries, public lectures, education being a basic element of a free city-state. Jean-Jacques Rousseau says: “If you wish to know what is meant byContinue reading “I read books. I know stuff.”

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 fansContinue reading “Epictetus”

The point of no return

No general exercising imperium could cross the Rubicon without the concession of the Senate. Sometimes the Senate would ‘humiliate a general by letting him wait there infinitely. Imperium was power vested by the Senate. Period. Everyone knew: the eagle of Rome seen on top of the standards of Legions is based upon four letters: SContinue reading “The point of no return”