What Can We Learn from Saint Patrick?

“I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and least of all the faithful and despised in the eyes of many.” Saint Patrick – Confessions Saint Patrick (389-461) was not from Ireland but a native of Britain and the son of a Roman citizen. Although raised a Christian, Patrick was not especially religious. When he wasContinue reading “What Can We Learn from Saint Patrick?”

What Can We Learn from Homer?

“Troy has perished, the great city. Only the red flame now lives there.”Homer, The Iliad Homer was possibly a blind poet who lived during the 700s BC. I write “possibly” because there is debate about whether he even existed. Nevertheless, he has been named as the author of two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, which dramatically influencedContinue reading “What Can We Learn from Homer?”

What Can We Learn From Thomas Becket?

“Those who tread among serpents, and along a tortuous path, must use the cunning of the serpent.” – Thomas Becket For this blog entry, I will be deviating from the Greeks to detail the life and importance of Thomas Becket, whose feast day in the Catholic Church is celebrated on December 29th. Hopefully, by theContinue reading “What Can We Learn From Thomas Becket?”

What Can We Learn From Aristotle?

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle Aristotle (384-322) is among the most influential philosophers in human history, often considered with Plato to be the “father of Western Philosophy.” Aristotle was interested in moral and ethical philosophy concerning the good life. He taught and practicedContinue reading “What Can We Learn From Aristotle?”

Digital Resources on Socrates, Socratic Dialogues, and the Greeks

Below are some great digital resources for educators interested in Socrates, Socratic Dialogues, and the Greeks. Socrates Jacques Louis David | The Death of Socrates | The Met The Last Days of Socrates Socrates: A Man for Our Times – Paul Johnson Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths – Robin Waterfield The Trial of Socrates – I.F. StoneContinue reading “Digital Resources on Socrates, Socratic Dialogues, and the Greeks”

What Can We Learn From Plato?

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. – Plato So we might understand the importance of Socrates and Confucius, but what about Plato? Why should we know about Plato? Wasn’t he just a student of Socrates who wrote things down? Right place, right time, end of the story.Continue reading “What Can We Learn From Plato?”

What Can We Learn From Confucius?

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in theContinue reading “What Can We Learn From Confucius?”

What Can We Learn From Socrates?

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates As a classical educator, I am often confronted with the question of why should we care about Socrates? What can we learn from Socrates today in the globalized 21st century? Can’t we move on from Socrates and the tiny Greek city-state of Athens? My response is no;Continue reading “What Can We Learn From Socrates?”