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Epicureanism

Epicureanism is a Hellenistic philosophy that was founded in 307 B.C. by Epicurus. This philosophy proclaimed the belief that the gods do not care about earthly matters. Therefore we are completely without divine support. Read More

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Temple of Hephaestus

After the Persian Wars in Greece, Pericles came into power and ordered all the temples rebuilt. One was the Temple of Hephaestus. Read More

The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War in Greece lasted for over twenty years, 431 – 404 B.C. The war was between the city states of Athens and Sparta. The eventual victor was Sparta. Read More

Qualities of Plato’s Ideal Monarch

Plato -- Raphael

Plato, from Raphael’s School of Athens

Plato, in his work The Republic, sets forth the ideal of a perfect monarch. The ideal philosopher king possessed the ability to philosophize on matters of the state. As Plato writes, “A king who must philosophize; a philosopher who must rule.” These kings also knew how to wisely mete out justice. Plato says that the philosophers have access to the true ideas outside the world of form. Having access to this, a philosopher king can rule wisely, efficiently and for the benefit of the people.

Sparta

Sparta was a city state in Greece that rose to power in the 10th century B.C.  In 650 B.C. it became the leading military power in Greece, which was reflected in their victory over Athens in the Peloponnesian War. Read More