As a reminder the maxims being discussed are: Follow God and Worship the gods. Drew's initial take can be read here. I think the first thing to point out is that, for a large part of Greek history, religion was much more of a communal ritual than the kind of personal affair it largely … Continue reading Delphic Maxims 1 & 4 – Rod’s Thoughts
I had every intention of beginning to post a series of dialogues on the Delphic Maxims 6 months ago (see this post here), but life unfortunately got in the way. In the spirit of "better late than never," though, here is the first installment of what should be many more to come. The first set … Continue reading Delphic Maxims 1 & 4 – Drew’s Thoughts
The Delphic Maxims were a set of 147 pithy sayings that more or less encapsulated ancient Greek wisdom. The sayings were carved into the pillars surrounding the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was an ancient source of prophecy and counsel. Likewise, the Maxims come down to us form the ancients as advice that can still … Continue reading Coming Soon: The Delphic Maxims
When I was younger I had a friend whose father took cold showers every day. I remember thinking it sounded like the most godawful thing in the world. But for the past 2 months I've been taking cold showers myself, and I have no plans on turning back anytime soon. Why the change in heart? … Continue reading Take a Cold Shower
I had an unusual experience recently in the waiting room of a hospital. Three people sitting across from me were discussing a program airing on the TV. I couldn’t see it on account of a column between us, but I gathered from the conversation it was a gourmet cooking show. They oohed and ahhed for … Continue reading Lessons on Diet from the Ancients
This is to be spoken with conviction at the beginning of each day.