Aspasia of Miletus

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  Socrates In every age, you will find a woman that captures the imagination of an entire generation.  And then there are the exceptionally rare ones that capture the imagination of history.  Names like Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Marie Antoinette, andContinue reading “Aspasia of Miletus”

The Love of Diotima

“Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.”  Plato, Symposium Diotima of Mantinea’s place in the history is unrivaled. Indeed, without her, Plato’s Symposium would have been a rather commonplace affair.  You mayContinue reading “The Love of Diotima”

Leontion, The Audacious

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”   Epicurus Whenever I think of Epicurus, I think of a sumptuous banquet held in a bucolic environment with soft music set against the lingering light of a lateContinue reading “Leontion, The Audacious”

Hipparchia’s Great Love

“Not one tower does my country have, not one roof, But for home and city, the entire earth lies, At my disposition for a dwelling.” Diogenes Laertius, on a Cynic’s view of the world The moment Hipparchia of Maroneia, saw Crates of Thebes, the renowned Cynic philosopher, she was passionately and irrevocably in love.  Nothing, not even herContinue reading “Hipparchia’s Great Love”

Arete – The Splendour of Greece

“A wise man’s country is the world” Aristippus of Cyrene Arete of Cyrene, daughter of the philosopher Aristippus, was born and raised in the city of Cyrene located in North Africa in what it now the nation of Libya.  In Arete’s time, Cyrene was one of the great intellectual centres of the classical world, boastingContinue reading “Arete – The Splendour of Greece”

The Philosopher Priestess at Delphi

“Aristoxenus says that Pythagoras got most of his moral doctrines from the Delphic priestess, Themistoclea.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers  Themistoclea was a sacred priestess at Delphi, the site of the revered Delphic oracle, the sanctuary dedicated to the great god, Apollo.  Apollo would speak by way of the sibyl or priestessContinue reading “The Philosopher Priestess at Delphi”