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Ars Politica - Ep17: Intro To Classics Series

Published on: 3rd March, 2021

“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books...The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.” – Lewis

Intro to Old Books: Why Read Them? Why This Podcast Series?

Iliad

  1. Books 1-4 - The Anger of Achilles
  2. Books 5-9 - First Turning Point
  3. Books 10-15 - The Deception of Zeus
  4. Books 16-21 - Second Turning Point
  5. Books 22-24 - The Death of Hector

Oresteia trilogy

Odyssey

  1. Books 1-4 - Telemachus
  2. Books 5-8 - The Court of Alcinous
  3. Books 9-12 - Odysseus Tells His Wanderings
  4. Books 13-24 - The Homecoming of Odysseus

Aeneid

  1. Book 1 - Rome as an Idea
  2. Books 2-3 - The Fall of Troy and Wanderings of Aeneas
  3. Book 4 - The Tragedy of Dido
  4. Books 5-6 - The Underworld
  5. Books 7-8 - The Broken Truce and The Shield of Aeneas
  6. Books 9-10 - The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalus
  7. Books 11-12 - Camilia, Juno’s Surrender, The Death of Turnus


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Ars Politica
Politics, Culture, and Theology
A podcast on political life, culture, and Christian political theory that seeks to revitalize the Christian West and restore the strength, dignity, and self-respect of European civilization among its remnant.

About your hosts

Stephen Wolfe

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Stephen Wolfe lives in Louisiana with his wife and four children. He has a PhD in political theory and writes on Reformed political theory and early American political thought.

Thomas Achord

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Thomas Achord lives in the rural South with his wife and four children. He has an M.Div. from Southern Seminary and is the headmaster of a Christian Classical school. He has published “The Soul And The City”, an anthology on political and moral thought.