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Joseph and Egypt – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T17:15:42+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Joseph dreams and gets put in the well, then talks to Pharaoh (Egypt, 500s AD, cloth) According to the Bible, Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac married Rebecca. And they had two sons, Jacob and Esau (EE-sow). And Jacob married two women (this was allowed then), Rachel and Leah, who were sisters. Jacob [...]

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 [...]

What are nomos and physis? Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:41:10+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Nomos and physis: Laocoon: being strangled by snakes People in ancient Greece often thought of the world as being a fight, or an agon, between the two forces of rationalism and chaos, or between law and nature. The Greeks called these two forces "nomos", meaning law and order and rationalism, and "physis" (FU-sis), [...]

Phaedra’s suicide – Euripides’ Phaedra

By |2018-06-19T15:58:18+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

After Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus drives his chariot away (On a red-figure vase from Southern Italy, ca. 350 BC) Phaedra - the second half of the play So the clueless chorus is singing about the need for love and balance in people's lives. (What's the beginning of Phaedra's story?) Phaedra's suicide But suddenly Phaedra's [...]

Phaedra and Hippolytus – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T09:09:06+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Phaedra falls in love with the hunter Hippolytus (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Phaedra is a play written by the Greek playwright Euripides. It is concerned with dike, justice, but also with sophrosyne, or control: how do people control themselves? When should they control themselves? Is control always good? In this way, the play [...]

Euripides – ancient Greek playwright

By |2018-04-23T08:43:16+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Euripides' plays: Phaedra and her slave (a fresco from Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Euripides was the youngest of the three great tragic playwrights of classical Athens. He lived in the last part of the 400s BC, during the Peloponnesian War. Euripides competed against Sophocles in many dramatic competitions, and sometimes Euripides won, and [...]