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The Thiasos of Plato, Part 3

The Thiasos of Plato, Part 3

      Plato as a child had attended an exercise garden other than this one, the private gymnaseion of the grammatist Dionysios. There he had learned to compose tragedies and dithyrambs from famous teachers of music, and there in the palaistra of Ariston of Argos he had trained to compete as a champion wrestler in [...]

The Thiasos of Plato, Part 2

The Thiasos of Plato, Part 2

  Plato sculpted by Silanion circa 370 BCE Socrates portrait by Palermo, copied from the 4th-century original   The Academy is located north of Athens.  It seems appropriate to begin in regular Socratic fashion, by dispelling false conceptions and replacing them with true ones. Let us begin first with the name. [...]

Project X Goes to Greece

Project X Goes to Greece

Reflections of the Greek Tour by the Reverend William Bartlett Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a difficult battle. -- Plato The unexamined life is not worth living. -- Socrates I was asked to write a few thoughts about our trip to Greece. Many years ago, I read a book entitled The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan [...]