Year: 2022

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Commemoration of Cicero 2022

    [THIS POST HAS BEEN ADAPTED FROM THE 2021 VERSION] On December VII, 43 BCE Cicero was finally overtaken by the forces of the Second Triumvirate after being designated an enemy of the state by Mark Antony and his once-friend Octavian. Let me commemorate him today with some words about his life and death. Cicero was…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Stoic Thanksgiving 2022

    [[this post is adapted and expanded from a 2020 post of mine]] TODAY is Thanksgiving in the United States. It has been celebrated on and off every year since the first pilgrim and puritan settlers – presumably passed down from earlier European Christian traditions. It was made a federal holiday after the Civil War by…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Pyanopsia 2022

    Pyanopsia was a Greek festival held in commemoration of Apollo on the seventh day of the month of Pyanepsion. The festival was connected with the myth of Theseus, who—before his trial against the Minotaur—gave thanks to Apollo by offering a dish of stew of beans and grains from Athens and an olive branch brought from…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Agyrmos 2022

    The second ‘scholarch’ of the Stoic school, Cleanthes, died in 232 BCE.  In what would have corresponded to Oct. 6th of that year (15th of Boedromion), one of the most significant religious event occurred in Athens under the Stoa Poikile: the registration of new initiates (mystai) into the Greater Eleusinian Mysteries.  Surely, Cleanthes and his…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Ludi Romani 2022

    September V marked the beginning of the most important Roman Festival of the year, Ludi Romani, in which games and plays were held in honor of the god Jupiter. It’s fitting to commemorate Musonius Rufus (c. 30–102 CE) on this day who was known as the “Roman Socrates” For the occasion, I strongly recommend reading…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Herakleia 2022

    Augustus (or, Sextilis) XII marked the Roman Festival of Herculia which commemorated Herculi Invictus (Hercules the Victor). It corresponded with a very popular Athenian festival, Herakleia, held some day in the corresponding month of Metageitnion at the gymnasium of Cynosarges.  It’s fitting to commemorate Epictetus this day who has such close ties with Rome, his…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Panathenaia 2022

    In Plato’s Parmenides, the characters gather in the house of Pythadorus in the Kerameikos neighborhood of Athens just outside the city walls on the 28th day of the month of Hecatombaion in 450 BCE. The famous Parmenides and his student Zeno, both originally from Ionia (western Turkey), are also there along with an Aristotle of…

  • GROUP UPDATE: Email Lists

    It’s a slow process but I’m finding different ways to make our group and our website better. With the help of a fellow Stoic, I set up an email marketing service that I hope will make things easier for everyone: you will be able to find info about group meetings easier and I will be…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Attic New Years 2022

    Happy New Year! If we were following the Attic Lunisolar Calendar, today (June 30th) would be New Year’s Day. Like many cultures in the past and present, citizens of Attica and its allies looked to the sun and moon to track progress through their religious calendar and mark the days of their festivals. In the…

  • Seneca’s Stages of Progress

    After a careful reading of letters 72 and 75 in Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius (trans. Graver & Long), my mind went to work trying to reconcile two lists that Seneca provides of different categories of “progressors” (proficientes) ––those who are making progress towards wisdom, but who are not yet wise. This is not meant to…