Athens’ defeat at the hands of Philip II of Macedon effectively ended freedom and intellectual life in the Western world for several centuries.
The Spartans opened themselves up to attacks when they tried to impose their way of life upon the people they subjugated.
The political instabilities within Athens made the city vulnerable to attack from its rival, Sparta.
After the defeat of the invading Persians, tensions between Athens and Sparta began to escalate, which would ultimately result in an all-out war several decades later.
In the third lecture of Hillsdale College’s course on the histories of Athens and Sparta, Victor Davis Hanson asks: ‘What is the chief virtue of Athens?’
The elaborate social and political structure of Spartan society can teach us much about self-governance today.
The idea that men are created equal is one that originates with Greek philosophers, to whom Americans today owe a great debt.
James Madison is credited with debunking a prevailing suspicion that self-government was only possible on a smaller, state level.
Marco Rubio finally gets it right. We do need philosophers, and the past few years demonstrate just how badly we need them.
The third Western Heritage lecture focuses on ‘the Greek miracle.’ That’s the emergence of a political form that has become common today: self-rule.
Within his ancient play ‘The Clouds,’ Aristophanes examines two particular kinds of speech, just and unjust speech, and their timeless conflict.
If you really think about it, it’s quite humbling that God has allowed us to be so much better than saints like Athanasius and Chrysostom.
Counter the conventional narrative, the symbiotic relationship between sports and society has reverted to its original, proper status under the ancient Greeks: A rollicking good time.
The Olympics are a lonely and desperately needed outpost for a sense of striving, heroism, and human nobility.
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