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Ancient philosophy: ethics, fate, and science

By |2018-04-24T11:55:01+00:00August 16th, 2017|Philosophy|

Weighing the souls of the dead Philosophy means the love of wisdom. But what does that mean? It's hard to separate philosophy from religion. And it's also hard to draw a line between philosophy and science and mathematics. All of these are parts of people's search to make order out of nature. They're a way of [...]

Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26+00:00August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

Infanticide and exposure in history

By |2018-04-19T11:10:58+00:00August 16th, 2017|People, Religion|

Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur From the Sumerians down to the time of Augustine, all over Europe and Asia, most people agreed that if you had a newborn baby that you didn't want, you could kill it. Or at least you could abandon it somewhere and not take care of it. Killing a baby is infanticide, [...]

Riddle of the Sphinx – Oedipus story – Ancient Greece

By |2018-01-11T22:59:01+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Riddle of the Sphinx: Oedipus, wearing a traveler's hat, and the Sphinx asking her riddle The Sphinx's riddle: So the riddle the Sphinx asked Oedipus is: What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening? Oedipus' answer to the riddle of the Sphinx: [...]

Who was Sophocles? Greek playwright

By |2018-05-21T22:39:24+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Papyrus with part of Sophocles' play Antigone written on it When did Sophocles live? Aeschylus is the first playwright whose plays survive, but Sophocles (ca. 496-406 BC) is the second. (More about Aeschylus) Sophocles lived at the same time as Aeschylus, but he was younger and he lived longer. He died at the [...]

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles

By |2018-04-23T08:49:31+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

A later painting of Antigone and Oedipus, by Camille Felix Bellanger, in the 1800s. Oedipus at Colonus is a play written by Sophocles. It tells the story of what happened to Oedipus after he left Thebes. Oedipus is old now, and he's blind, because he pulled out his own eyes. His daughter (and [...]

Oedipus Rex – Sophocles – Summary and Themes

By |2018-04-23T09:06:11+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Oedipus Rex: The shepherd tells his story to Oedipus, while Jocasta listens in horror (now in the Getty Museum) Sophocles wrote this very famous play in the 400s BC. It is mainly about fate, and how men do not control their own fate, no matter how much they try. It's about accepting that [...]

Thebes – a city in ancient Greece

By |2017-07-07T01:09:59+00:00July 7th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Thebes bell in the shape of a person, 700 BC (Louvre Museum, Paris) In Greek mythology, Thebes was where Oedipus lived with his mother-wife Jocasta. It was where Oedipus' daughter Antigone died, and where Dionysos drove Pentheus mad. In Thebes, Niobe boasted about her children, and Medea killed her children. The Athenians (who we get [...]