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On the Orator (Latin: De Oratore) is a dialogue by Cicero on the qualities of the ideal public speaker. Addressed to his brother Quintus, it was written in 55 BCE during a period of absence from public life under the first triumvirate. It was set a generation earlier in 91... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tom's Learning Notes
The Enquiry into Plants (Greek: ,Περὶ φυτῶν ἱστορία) by Theophrastus is the earliest major work on botany in the classical tradition Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tom's Learning Notes
The Characters (Ἠθικοὶ χαρακτῆρες), attributed to Theophrastus, is a collection of character sketches each illustrating some vice, often a vice of excess or deficiency, in line with Aristotle's doctrine of the mean, which suggests that virtue is a middle way between extremes. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tom's Learning Notes
On Virtues and Vices (Greek: Περὶ Ἀρετῶν καὶ Κακιῶν; Latin: De Virtutibus et Vitiis Libellus) is a short ethical treatise once thought to be by Aristotle, but now more usually thought to be the work of a later follower. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Athenian Constitution (Greek: Αθηναίων Πολιτεία) is thought to be the only text by Aristotle rediscovered in modern times, based on papyri recovered in the Nineteenth Century. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Economics (Greek: Οἰκονομικά; Latin: Oeconomica) is a work attributed to Aristotle, although now more often thought to be by one of his followers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
This post originally appeared on Spinwatch on 16 November 2016. In the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, recent months have seen an increasingly chauvinistic tone in British politics. One aspect of this has been a concerted campaign against investigations of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
This post originally appeared on openDemocracyUK on 7 November 2016. The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) has a long history of fighting racism, extending back to roots in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, so its Field Guide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
The Getica otherwise known as the The Origin and Deeds of the Goths (Latin: De Origine Actibusque Getarum) is a mid-sixth century Latin work by Jordanes, apparently intended as a summary of a lost work on the Goths by Cassiodorus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Historia Brittonum, or History of the Britons, traditionally ascribed to Nennius, was probably written in the early ninth century. Its account of events in early Britain provided much of material for later Arthurian legend. Historia Brittonum at Amazon: United States | Canada | United Kingdom | France | Germany... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Etymologies (Latin: Etymologiae) or Origines is an encyclopedia compiled by St Isidore of Seville in the early seventh century. It was a major source for the transmission of classical learning to the Middle Ages. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Magna Moralia or Great Ethics is a treatise traditionally attributed to Aristotle, but now more often thought to be by a later writer in the Aristotelian tradition. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Parva Naturalia or short treatises on nature are a collection of seven works by Aristotle. In the Bekker numbering of the Aristotelian corpus they follow On the Soul, and they concern problems which touch on the relationship between body and soul. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Clouds (Ancient Greek: Νεφέλαι) is a comedy by Aristophanes, originally produced in 423 BC. The play satirises the philosophical scene in Athens, featuring Socrates as a central character Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Problems (Greek: Προβλήματα; Latin: Problemata) is a work attributed to Aristotle, possibly falsely, bringing together almost 900 problems in question and answer format. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Generation of Animals or (Greek: Περὶ ζῴων γενέσεως, Latin: De Generatione Animalium) is a treatise by Aristotle. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Progression of Animals (or On the Gait of Animals; Greek: Περὶ πορείας ζῴων; Latin: De incessu animalium) is a treatise by Aristotle on the motion of different kinds of animals. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Movement of Animals (or On the Motion of Animals; Greek Περὶ ζῴων κινήσεως; Latin De Motu Animalium) is a treatise by Aristotle. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On the Parts of Animals (Greek: Περὶ ζῴων μορίων, Latin: De Partibus Animalium) is a treatise by Aristotle on animal anatomy. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
As Theresa May meets with representatives of the devolved governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales today, one key issue she will have to consider is the status of the Irish border after Brexit. Despite Westminster's focus on controlling the movement of people, the movement of goods way be an equally thorny problem Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
The History of Animals (Greek: Τῶν περὶ τὰ ζῷα ἱστοριῶν; Latin: Historia Animālium) by Aristotle is a work of natural history which shaped the development of zoology for some two millenia. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Confessions (Latin: Confessiones) is a work by St Augustine, written between 397 and 400 CE, recounting his conversion to Christianity. It is often regarded as founding the genre of autobiography. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The City of God Against the Pagans (Latin: De Civitate Dei contra Paganos) is a major philosophical work written by the Latin Christian St Augustine of Hippo in the early 5th Century AD. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Youth, Old Age, Life and Death, and Respiration (Greek: Περὶ νεότητος καὶ γήρως, καὶ ζωῆς καὶ θανάτου, καὶ ἀναπνοῆς, Latin: De Juventute et Senectute, De Vita et Morte, De Respiratione) is a work by Aristotle, one of the short treatises on nature or Parva Naturalia. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Length and Shortness of Life (Greek: Περὶ μακροβιότητος καὶ βραχυβιότητος, Latin: De longitudine et brevitate vitae) is a work by Aristotle, one of the short treatises on nature or Parva Naturalia. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes