Category Archives: History

The Children’s Plutarch

This morning, I was thinking about Plutarch, as we all frequently do, and I wondered why I’ve never seen a version of Plutarch’s lives for children.  After all, I think a lot of readers of Plutarch would say that the … Continue reading

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Topsy-Turvy in Sparta

When one of the elderly men said to him in his old age, inasmuch as he saw the good old customs falling into desuetude, and other mischievous practices creeping in, that for this reason everything was getting to be topsy-turvy … Continue reading

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Pyrrhus and Cineas

One of my favorite quotes is from Plutararch’s Parallel Lives.  It’s from Pyrrhus’s life, the cousin of Alexander the Great, and the source of the phrase “Pyrrhic victory.”  He spent his life basically winning and losing brief empires, and died trying to … Continue reading

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Roger Williams and the “Refused to Learn the Local Language” Meme

  To start, this is the meme I’ll be discussing. The point of the meme is obvious.  It’s intended to mock the conservative dislike of undocumented immigrants entering the country and receiving benefits by pointing out that the earliest English … Continue reading

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Agathocles is one of my favorite figures from history, but he’s not really well known.  Even Wikipedia doesn’t have much about him, but to me, he’s an incredible figure.  He went from being the son of a potter, to a soldier, … Continue reading

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Saint Odhran

As an atheist and borderline antitheist, I don’t really have a cornucopia of favorite saints lying about, overflowing with God’s helpers.  But there is one saint whom I especially like, and that is Saint Odhran. He was one of twelve … Continue reading

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King Zhou of Shang

King Zhou of Shang was the last king of the Shang dynasty of ancient China.  During life, he was known as Di Xin.  He was skilled and intelligent, with extraordinary strength and natural abilities, but he became cruel and decadent. … Continue reading

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