Euripedes: Alcestis, Bacchantes, Ion, Hippolytus, Medea

We finally finish off Euripedes’ works with the last five remaining tragedies. Compared to the dramas of the last few weeks, these five tragedies surely represent a high point of Euripedes’ craft and art. Unlike the formulaic form and structure that we explored last week (as noted by Alan Sommerstein), these tragedies subvert expectations and … Continue reading “Euripedes: Alcestis, Bacchantes, Ion, Hippolytus, Medea”

Euripedes: Heracles Mad, Phoenician Women, The Suppliants, Cyclops

This week I finished four plays by Euripedes. I’m going slower that I’m anticipating, having yet to read anything by Aristophanes, much less starting on the Gibbon. At least in this coming week I hope to finish the five remaining Euripedes plays, among which are those often said to be his greatest: Hippolytus, Medea, Ion, Bacchantes, and Alcestis. Last weekend … Continue reading “Euripedes: Heracles Mad, Phoenician Women, The Suppliants, Cyclops”

Euripedes: Andromache, Helen, Orestes

These three plays round off the series of Euripedes’ plays on the events concerning the aftermath of the Trojan War. Andromache tells us the story of the former wife of the now-dead Hector, now enslaved as a concubine of Neoptolemus, son of Achilles. Helen is a romantic escape drama. Finally, Orestes takes place between Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides (assuming all of these … Continue reading “Euripedes: Andromache, Helen, Orestes”

Flashback: Review of Plato’s Euthyphro

Last summer I took the time to read through some of Plato’s major dialogues, including The Republic, Meno, Crito, Phaedo, The Symposium, and Euthyphro, among others. In particular, I enjoyed revisiting the famous Euthyphro dilemma, which I last encountered in an introductory philosophy class. My reread of the “dilemma” in its original presentation made me realize that its contemporary … Continue reading “Flashback: Review of Plato’s Euthyphro”

Euripedes: The Trojan Women, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia in Tauris

Similar to last week, the three plays I read over this weekend have women at the center of the story. The Trojan Women The Trojan Women (TW) deals with the immediate aftermath of the fall of Troy. All of the major Trojan heroes such as Priam and Hector are dead, and the women’s fate are to be … Continue reading “Euripedes: The Trojan Women, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia in Tauris”

Euripedes: Rhesus, Hecuba, Heraclidae

Having finished the massive tome that is The City of God, starting this week I’m returning back to the Greek plays, of which those of Euripedes and Aristophanes remain. Hopefully before the end of this month I’ll finish all the plays so that I can quickly get into Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman … Continue reading “Euripedes: Rhesus, Hecuba, Heraclidae”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 3

It’s been a very busy last two weeks, such that while I finished Augustine’s The City of God on March 19, I’ve only had time now to reflect on my readings! But here we are. To recap, in our first post we went through the first ten chapters of CG, taking note of Augustine’s polemical strategies against Roman polytheism – … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 3”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 2

The first 10 books of The City of God was a polemic against Roman polytheistic religion. As we saw last week, Augustine rebuts and ridicules polytheistic religious practices and beliefs with a remarkable amount of efficacy, showing the incoherence of Roman religious myths if they were to be taken seriously, and the hopeless task the pagan philosophers had … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 2”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 1

It’s been a very difficult and crazily busy last three weeks since I posted, but I managed to at least read 10 books (out of 22 total) of Augustine’s The City of God, which is slightly under half of it. Augustine himself adds a note at the end of Book X outlining the preceding books as Part I of … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 1”

Augustine: On Christian Doctrine

I went back to Augustine this week, starting with his shorter work, On Christian Doctrine (OCD), which is less than 150 pages, divided into four books. (The epic 1000-page City of God will be the next and last Augustine work we will cover in the GBWW, maybe after this one, or after finishing through Aristophanes or Euripedes.) OCD … Continue reading “Augustine: On Christian Doctrine”