Tag: ancient Greece

What I’m Reading: Warships of the Ancient World

This book is part of the research I’m doing for the fantasy trilogy I’m currently writing. It’s pretty straightforward–Warships of the Ancient World: 3000-500 BC, by Adrian K. Wood, gives you exactly what it says in the title. It covers every aspect of warships… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Warships of the Ancient World”

What I’m Reading: Gorgias

Every year for the past several years, I’ve tried to read one of Plato’s dialogues or a similar work from or about ancient Greece. Well, it’s December, so my ancient Greek work for 2020 is slipping in just under the wire! In this case,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Gorgias”

What I’m Reading: Timaeus and Critias

I’m behind on logging my reading. Let’s start with Plato’s Timaeus and Critias, twin works that take place on the same day. Although Socrates is a character, as usual in Plato’s dialogues, he does not take a starring role in these two. Rather, his… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Timaeus and Critias”

What I’m Reading: Conversations of Socrates

After his execution in 400 BC, lots of Socrates’ friends and students wrote accounts of him, but the writings of only two of those authors survive today: Plato, with more than 20 dialogues “starring” his old teacher, and Xenophon, with four accounts (although Xenophon… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Conversations of Socrates”

What I’m Reading: Symposium and Phaedrus

I’m reviewing two of Plato’s dialogues–the Symposium and the Phaedrus, because both were included in the volume I read. Previously, I’ve reviewed other dialogues by Plato–the Republic and a collection of five dialogues related to the execution of Socrates. Symposium  First, let me address the question–“Oh,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Symposium and Phaedrus”

What I’m Reading: The Greek Way

I know Edith Hamilton best as the English translator of the most common edition of Greek and Roman myths–the famous edition of her Mythology is typically assigned in high schools. When I saw her book The Greek Way on the fundraising book sale table at work recently,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Greek Way”

What I’m Reading: The Republic

Last year, I read Five Dialogues by Plato and reviewed them on this site. This year I’ve revisited Plato’s Republic, which I read in college. In this most famous of Plato’s dialogues, Socrates, who is always the main character in Plato’s works, makes a proposal to… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Republic”

What I’m Reading: Five Dialogues

Plato’s Five Dialogues is comprised of five short dialogues, each about 20-40 pages, and which all star Plato’s teacher Socrates as the main speaker. The dialogues have to do with the trial and execution of Socrates by the city of Athens in 399 BC on… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Five Dialogues”