After Greece, Rome

2017-09-30By portolavalleyMini-Essay

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 ACE) was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is a significant source … Read More

The Wisdom of Ancient Greece

2017-09-30By portolavalleyMini-Essay

In the dialogues of Plato, the founding father of Greek Philosophy – Socrates – is portrayed as hugely pessimistic about the whole business of democracy. In Book Six of The Republic, Plato describes Socrates falling into conversation with a character called Adeimantus and trying to get him to see the flaws of democracy by comparing a … Read More

The Delusion of a Heavenly Past

2017-09-30By portolavalleyMini-Essay

The Internet, the printed press and magazines, the TV (commercial) shows want you to believe that our current urban civilization is the major killer; we need to return to a mythical ancient –e.g. Paleolithic- age, with the reimagined natural diet and way of life. Try it: you will not survive long! Your brain will remain … Read More