The account of human life described and, at times, advocated throughout the Bible is a radically different vision from political philosophy offered to us in the writings of Plato and Aristotle. In the Bible, an infinitely distant God creates the world and then places humans in it. He is an artisan and a poet -He … Continue reading Political Theology in the Bible: An Exegesis
The Samia, or the "Girl From Samos," is the second most complete play that has come down to us from Menander's collection of comedies (the Samia has 132 lines missing, while Dyskolos has 39). The Samia was recovered with the "Cairo Codex" in 1907 along with other fragments of Menander comedies ("Men at Arbitration" and "She Who Was … Continue reading Notes on the Samia
As far as we know, Heraclitus and Parmenides were contemporaries: Heraclitus was from Asia Minor, and Parmenides was from Southern Italy. We think Heraclitus remained in his hometown of Ephesus all his life. He lived perhaps sometime around 500 BC. According to the popular Western imagination, Heraclitus is often portrayed as a weeping, brooding philosopher. … Continue reading Who Is Heraclitus?
The term "satire" comes down to us from the Classical Greek word for "satyr drama." The best example of a surviving satyr play from is Euripides's Cyclops, and though we moderns have a limited perspective on these tetralogical comedies, we believe they originated from Dionysian drunken revelries, and that they once concluded a series of … Continue reading Jonathan Swift and the Idea of Satire
In the "General Prologue," Chaucer describes the Summoner. He has a 'fire-red face cherubim's face' that is pimpled and disfigured. He is a lecherous man whose hair is falling out, and the mere sight of him brings fear into the hearts of children. He is a drinker of strong wines, and he is a bit … Continue reading Aristotelian Mimesis: The Conflict Between the Friar and the Summoner
"The Man of Law's Tale" is an episodic story of "Custance" (or Constance) that can be found in the Anglo chronicles of Nicholas Trivet, as well as in the poetry of John Gower. In his tale, The Man of Law presents the group with a more virtuous tale after the bawdy tales from both the … Continue reading A Story of “Joy after Woe” in The Man of Law’s Tale