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.
Themistocles convinced the Spartans to join the Athenians to fight and ultimately crush the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in 479 B.C.
The Spartans’ integral role in the victory over Persia changed the course of human history forever.
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.
Temperance, frugality, and courage are virtues that individuals must possess in order to be free.
The Washington Post asserts Mike Pence selectively claimed ‘that the percentage of truly religious [citizens] in the United States have remained consistent in recent decades…’
The New Deal led to the rise of the administrative state, to which Congress frequently delegates its regulatory power.
Progressives like Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt expanded the role of government to a degree that shrunk the rights of American citizens.
Churchill’s skepticism of aspects of modern society can help us today to know how to avoid the pitfalls of failed societies and 19th century despotism.
The Founders understood that freedom was not merely the unbridled ability to live according to one’s appetites and desires, but the ability to do what is right and to live virtuous lives.
The Constitution is still in place today because it works with, rather than fight against, mankind’s ambitious nature.
Separation of powers, checks and balances, and a strong, independent judiciary are what keep the United States from devolving into failed democracies of the past.
Winston Churchill’s experiences as a young man in combat shaped his views of war and courage in the modern age.
Fifty-three years after his death, Winston Churchill’s life and legacy are all the more relevant today.
Dr. Larry Arnn poses the question in the first lecture of Hillsdale College’s free online Constitution 101 course.
The very idea of religion being at all separate from the state is Christian in origin, and Christianity is the only religion to offer as well as create the cultural context in which separation of church and state was even possible.
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.
While a relatively tiny minority of people now and ever have been religiously Jewish, that minority religion has had inestimably large effects on the West and world.
America’s lack of civic and cultural knowledge is an existential threat, says Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn in his introduction to ‘History 101: Western Heritage.’
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