Book Club | March 2023: Speeches of Demosthenes

Mark the situation, men of Athens: mark the pitch which the man’s outrageous insolence has reached, when he does not even give you a choice between action and inaction, but threatens you, and utters (as we are told) haughty language: for he is not the man to rest content in possession of his conquests: he is always casting his net wider; and while we procrastinate and sit idle, he is… Read more

Open House | Metus hostilis and fear appeals in 4th c. BCE rhetoric, with Maria G. Xanthou

We are pleased to welcome back Maria G. Xanthou for an Open House discussion on Metus hostilis: rhetorical configurations of fear in 4th century BCE rhetoric, focusing on Isocrates and Demosthenes. The event was streamed live on Thursday, January 31st 2019 at 11 a.m. EST, and was recorded. To prepare for the event, you might like to read the focus passages in this PDF handout: Xanthou Open House Fear Appeals… Read more

Gallery: Who’s Who?

In this Gallery, you will see some familiar people from the past. Writers, heroes, politicians, philosophers, among them: Pittacus, Epicurus, Socrates, Pericles, Alexander the Great, Cesar, Augustus… Are also present Zeus and his wife Hera (or Juno), Medusa, and don’t be scared to look at her… If you want to know more about these famous people, Plutarch wrote many biographies. Among them, he offers a long, and beautiful physical description… Read more