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December 7, 2017

What happens when your certainty that environmental regulations destroy jobs meets my certainty that environmental degradation destroys us all? “What’s that you say? I can’t hear you!” we are both shouting. We do not converse. Your certainty blinds you to my truth as my certainty blinds me to yours.

November 24, 2017

Aeschylus exposes a truth we can recognize in the 21st century: the false equation of revenge with justice devastates individuals and families and destroys the quality of life in communities world-wide.

July 5, 2017

Truth must be objectively verifiable. The Odyssey persistently reminds us that the distinction between “true” and “false” matters and that recognizing the distinction is our responsibility.

June 29, 2017

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin claimed to have devised “A Republic, if you can keep it,” Euripides reminds us that to do so, we must strive to live up to our own ideals.

June 18, 2017

The opposite of autocracy isn’t necessarily democracy but very likely chaos, rapacity, and misery. Ancient Greek myths expose the tyrannical potential of any form of political authority and promote essential pre-requisites for a successful individual life and a flourishing community.

June 18, 2017

I’m writing this blog for people who may never have thought about the essential relevance of ancient Greek literature to their own lives. Ancient Greek myths still speak to us today, if only we’ll listen. As a professor of Classics, I spend much of my time in ancient Greece, and I emerge intermittently to a 21st-century reality of violent conflict in places both far and near. The ancient Greeks gave us ideals of human equality, freedom of speech, democratic government, and the rule of law, and we are squandering our inheritance. Centuries ago, Ancient Greek literature began to cultivate crucial survival skills of empathy, self-restraint, rational thought, and a far-sighted conception of self-interest.

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I’m writing this blog for people who may never have thought about the essential relevance of ancient Greek literature to their own lives. Ancient Greek myths still speak to us today, if only we’ll listen. 

 

As a professor of Classics, I spend much of my time in ancient Greece, and I emerge intermittently to a 21st-century reality of violent conflict in places both far and near. The ancient Greeks gave us ideals of human equality, freedom of speech, democratic government, and the rule of law, and we are squandering our inheritance. Centuries ago, Ancient Greek literature began to cultivate crucial survival skills of empathy, self-restraint, rational thought, and a far-sighted conception of self-interest.