Tag: Sophocles

Christian Humanist Profiles 44: Miriam Leonard, Tragic Modernities

In its historical particularity tragedy had its first great moment in ancient Athens, when didaskaloi, educators, would compete for civic recognition staging increasingly elaborate exchanges of dramatic speeches.  And once the great Aeschylus and Sophocles and Euripides and, if Plato tells right, Agathon had their day, tragedy became a site for serious thinking in the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 23: Theater of War

In another crossover with Craft Lit, Nathan P. Gilmour and Heather Ordover interview Bryan Doerries of the Theater of War project.  Theater of War brings Athenian tragedy to the stage for American military veterans, bringing together the arts and the military in ways reminiscent of ancient Athens and inviting conversations between the highest-ranked and the…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #116: The Empire Strikes Back

General Introduction – Danny’s first hosting stint! – Listener feedback – Analytic philosophy Background and Context – Why Lucas didn’t direct – The good student – How the movie was written – Keeping the actors in the dark I Am Your Father – What Hamill heard – Back to the monomyth – When did Lucas…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #114: Meno

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Episodes on Borges and Postman? Arête – Excellence and/or virtue – Warriors and excellences – Plato’s expansion of arête – Confucian virtue – Arête and social station – Excellence in tragedy – Meno’s definition – Answering the question carefully Why Ask the Question? – The urge to categorize –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #95: Plato's Aesthetics

General Introduction – Dry, bleeding Kansas – Hardcore listener feedback Ancient Greek Art – Our access to it – Black and red, figure and background – The Parthenon – Classical tragedy and comedy – Other poetry – Music – What did the statues look like? The Republic and Art – The educational argument – Plato’s…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #91: Dystopias

General Introduction – Being-towards-the-end-of-semester – Emmanuels far and near – Thanks, Theology Nerd Throwdown! – Chess update What is a Dystopia? – Topos – Utopias and dystopias – The great temptation – Distinctions Premodern Dystopias – No, not really – Pre-dystopian Thebes – Gods and ideologies – The role of technology – The Persia of…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #60: Sophocles

General Introduction – Looking for the Yeti – What’s on the blog? – The review is coming tomorrow! – Boethius Battlefield writes in – An unenthusiastic obituary A Primer on Greek Drama – Civic festival – Dionysian competition – Millennia of theorizing – Chorus and individuated characters – The world’s most tedious arthouse film A…