Herodotus, Plato, and Plutarch in the Archive.

This is a landing page for archived posts about Herodotus, Plato, and Plutarch.

Some very belated thoughts on 300.
June 26, 2008

After reading a scathing review of 300 I tried to imagine how Herodotus’ account of the siege of Thermopylae could be rendered more flattering to leftist sensibilities in the George W. Bush era.

Plato and Dion: A play.
November 18, 2004

Plato doesn’t want to be Secretary of Education in this goofy 2004 playlet inspired by Plutarch’s “Life of Dion”.

Birds falling from the sky: Iraq and the ’04 election.
November 1, 2004

I crammed in an anecdote from Plutarch’s “Life of Flamininus” to give the appearance of erudition to these deep thoughts about the occupation of Iraq.

Plato’s Republic.
April 13, 2004

“Plato is alright when he’s talking about concrete things, like countries and wars and women, but I haven’t got much patience for the abstract discussions of Justice and Truth and how the Four Virtues correspond, in some elaborate way, with the different aspects of the human spirit.” …


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