Julian, 45

Julian presiding at a conference of Sectarians (Edward Armitage, 1875)   Just inside the wall of the city, I left my driver. Then like one who has gone to sleep over a book of history, I stepped into the past. I stood now on that ancient highway—known simply as The Road—which leads from gate to…

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Darkening Age, 10

In chapter seven of The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, Catherine Nixey wrote: Constantine… demanded that the statues be taken from the temples. Christian officials, so it was said, travelled the empire, ordering the priests of the old religion to bring their statues out of the temples. From the 330s onwards…

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Darkening Age, 7

Yesterday I said that in the third volume of the series Christianity’s Criminal History, ‘The Ancient Church: Forgery, Brainwashing, Exploitation, Annihilation’, Deschner argues that the tales of Christian martyrs in early Christianity were grossly exaggerated, and that I planned in the future to translate some passages of it. But the impatient English reader can go…

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Darkening Age, 2

  INTRODUCTION Athens, AD 532 ‘That all superstition of pagans and heathens should be annihilated is what God wants, God commands, God proclaims.’ — St Augustine This was no time for a philosopher to be philosophical. ‘The tyrant’, as the philosophers put it, was in charge and had many alarming habits. In Damascius’s own time,…

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The Story of Philosophy, 6

The Republic The last words of Will Durant in the previous entry of this series: ‘Let us study The Republic’. But in this post I will not quote any passage from Durant’s book. I will give my opinion on this classic work that bequeathed us historical Greece. In the first place, it must be recognised…

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The Story of Philosophy, 3

The context of Plato In 490-470 B. C. Sparta and Athens, forgetting their jealousies and joining their forces, fought off the effort of the Persians under Darius and Xerxes to turn Greece into a colony of an Asiatic empire. In this struggle of youthful Europe against the senile East, Sparta provided the army and Athens…

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Sparta – XVII

This specific chapter of Sparta and its Law has been moved: here. If you want to read the book Sparta and its Law from the beginning, click: here.

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Sparta – XVI

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Sparta – XV

This specific chapter of Sparta and its Law has been moved: here. If you want to read the book Sparta and its Law from the beginning, click: here.

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Die Götzen-Dämmerung, 2

Plato goes further. He says with an innocence possible only for a Greek, not a “Christian,” that there would be no Platonic philosophy at all if there were not such beautiful youths in Athens: it is only their sight that transposes the philosopher’s soul into an erotic trance, leaving it no peace until it lowers…

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