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Plato’s Magic Ring Allegory and the Lord of the Rings

Few people would be quick to draw a connection between Plato and The Lord of the Rings, authored by epic high fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien. However, the ancient Greek philosopher's hypothetical Ring of Gyges bears some striking...

Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor Who Embraced Greek Philosophy

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled over the classical world's most powerful empire. In addition to his achievements as a ruler, military strategist, and administrator, Marcus Aurelius is admired to this day for his grasp of Greek philosophy, particularly...

Socrates’ Wisest and Most Inspiring Quotes

Socrates, famous for his wise and inspiring quotes, died as he lived—hated by most Athenians but much beloved by his students. He was condemned to prison and death by poison in 399 BC for corrupting Athenian youth and rejecting...

How Scholars of the Islamic Golden Age Saved Ancient Greek Knowledge

The Islamic Golden Age was a period during which science, literature, geometry, astronomy, and other fields of knowledge flourished from the eighth to the thirteenth century. Without the scholars of this period, who translated the works of the Ancient...

Fourth of July: How Ancient Greece Inspired American Independence

Greek Americans have one more reason to be proud on the Fourth of July each year because they don't only celebrate America's Independence Day, but also the great influence of Hellenism on the birth of the American nation. The ideas...

Statue of Greek Philosopher Diogenes Causes Controversy in Turkey

A statue dedicated to the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes in Sinope, Turkey, the city of his birth, stirred controversy in the country for a surprising reason. By Dimosthenes Vasiloudis The Statue of Diogenes (Turkish: Diyojen Heykeli) is a monument dedicated to...

Diogenes: Likely First Person to Give Someone the Finger

The ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes the Cynic, was most likely the man who invented "the finger" as an insult. The historian of philosophy Diogenes Laertios wrote that the cynical philosopher Diogenes made the rude gesture to the orator Demosthenes in...