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Monthly Archives: May 2020

“Archimedean Trifles”

In this essay, I want to discuss the idea proposed in a graduate course I once took that the Ancient Greeks, who had the basic intellectual cast necessary for developing higher technology, chose to deliberately restrict technological advance to the realm of defense and war, because they recognized that too much technology would lead to […]

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Is Western Culture *Worse* Than Sodom or Nineveh?

It’s becoming increasingly popular in these days of seemingly triumphant secularism for Christians to speak of the “sad decline” of Western culture. I resonate with this idea a good bit, and not least because there’s plenty of reason within the Western tradition itself to see temporal matters often going downhill – sometimes drastically. Nevertheless, when […]

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Plutarch’s Lives: The Statesmen

Writing during the time of the Emperor Trajan in the first century AD, Plutarch is famous for his series of “parallel” biographies exhaustively examining perennial issues of history, public ethics, war and peace, economics, the founding and destroying of states, and others. His work is a model of careful thought about matters of virtue and […]

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Plutarch’s Lives: The Politicians

Writing during the time of the Emperor Trajan in the first century AD, Plutarch is famous for his series of “parallel” biographies exhaustively examining perennial issues of history, public ethics, war and peace, economics, the founding and destroying of states, and others. His work is a model of careful thought about matters of virtue and […]

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Plutarch’s Lives: The Lawgivers

Writing during the time of the Emperor Trajan in the first century AD, Plutarch is famous for his series of “parallel” biographies exhaustively examining perennial issues of history, public ethics, war and peace, economics, the founding and destroying of states, and others. His work is a model of careful thought about matters of virtue and […]

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

The oldest surviving piece of extra-biblical literature in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh presents us with the stunningly vivid adventure story of a Sumerian demigod whose deeds Father Abraham himself may well have heard growing up. With his friend, the wild-man Enkidu, Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, travels to the ends of the earth […]

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