The philosophy of cynicism – William D. Desmond

The philosophy of cynicism – William D. Desmond

In the 4th century BCE, a banker’s son threw the city of Sinope into scandal by counterfeiting coins. When the dust finally settled, the young man, Diogenes of Sinope, had been stripped of his citizenship, his money, and all his possessions. At least, that’s how the story goes. While many of the details of Diogenes’ […]

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A day in the life of a Roman soldier – Robert Garland

A day in the life of a Roman soldier – Robert Garland

The year is 15 CE and the Roman Empire is prospering. Most of the credit will go to the emperor, but this success wouldn’t have been possible without loyal soldiers like Servius Felix. Servius enlisted as a legionary eight years ago at age 18, the son of a poor farmer with few prospects. Unlike the […]

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