Month: June 2022

  • 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…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: The Death of Socrates 2022

    Today marks the 2,421st anniversary of Socrates’ death, which took place on June 15th, 399 BC in Athens. On May 16th, he defended himself unsuccessfully against charges of immorality and impiety (both considered a kind of sedition against the state) and sentenced to death. That day, he was escorted across the agora one last time…