Category Archives: Ancient Greece

Plato’s ‘Republic’; with its historical background

Whilst most of world leaders and politicians today approve democracy as the best form of political governance, nonetheless, this political system has never been immune to criticism as well. One of the most famous, and probably the strongest such criticisms, … Continue reading

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Plato and Aristotle; in their ontological and teleological views

Plato and Aristotle are both well-known philosophers throughout the Western history. While the former is known for his Cave Allegory and the Two World Theory, the latter is famous for his Four Causes, as far as their ontological accounts concern. … Continue reading

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Discovery and deciphiering of the Crete inscriptions ‘Liner B’

The palace of Knossos in Crete was excavated by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in 1900. The excavation also ‘discovered a large number of clay tablets inscribed with mysterious symbols’ (Ager, 2013) and Evans ‘dubbed the inscriptions and the language … Continue reading

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Plato’s family background

Plato is one of the most famous philosophers in the Western history. However, despite the sheer volume of writing by Plato himself, things known about his biographical information is relatively limited. For example, as for his family background, biographers generally … Continue reading

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The origin of alphabet: from Egypt, Canaan to Greece via Phoenicians

It is said the ‘Phoenician alphabet developed from the proto-Canaanite alphabet, which was created sometime between the 18th and 17th centuries BC.’ (http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/History/history.html) According to the above website, the proto-Canaanite alphabet was a kind of pictographic script, which consists of … Continue reading

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The Menoan Civilisation in Crete and the origin of Alphabet

Here is a summary from an article from a BBC web page. This is quite interesting to consider how civilisation began to develop in Europe initially.   ‘In 3000 BC, Europe could only be described as uncivilised. The indigenous people … Continue reading

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Stephanus Numbers for quoting Plato

Quoting from any written text, regardless to its form such as books, magazines, newspapers or even web pages, usually requires to indicate its reference, especially in academic fields, in a proper way. Usually, it is required to use the Harvard … Continue reading

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