One Good Politician

One Good Politician

It can be discouraging watching people vie for political power. That they are motivated by a concern for our good is often hard to believe. A man like Aristides is a refreshing reminder: it can be otherwise. There are people that have the moral as well as the...
The Glory of Being Poor

The Glory of Being Poor

“In fine, having established the dominion of his city over so many people, he himself remained indigent; and always delighted as much in the glory of being poor, as in that of his trophies.” Plutarch on Aristides This renowned Athenian statesman’s attitude toward...
A Greek You Should Remember

A Greek You Should Remember

“…he possessed himself of the most kingly and divine appellation of Just…” Plutarch, speaking of Aristides Some might see reading about great men, especially of the ancient world, as simply a pleasant diversion, or even a kind of escape. Why, one might wonder, should...
Better to Wait

Better to Wait

“…yet he would not do amiss to wait and be ruled by time, the wisest counselor of all.” Pericles, in Plutarch’s Lives Yesterday morning in class a student looked out the window at the trees beginning to bud and said, “The trees look so sad; I just wish they’d hurry up...
Clean Eyes

Clean Eyes

“Again, one time Sophocles, who was Pericles’ fellow-commissioner in the generalship, was going on board with him, and praised the beauty of a youth they met with on the way to the ship. ‘Sophocles,’ said he, ‘a general ought not only to have clean hands but also...

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