The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.
R2.5 The Justice Loophole | Plato's Republic, book 2 w/ Rachel Barney
Our exploration of Plato's Republic continues with this discussion of book 2 with philosopher Rachel Barney. Is the fear of God necessary for morality? How can you educate people so that they value and practice justice?
Rachel Barney is professor of classics and ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto. She specializes in the work Plato and has spent many years analyzing and unraveling some of the key issues in the Republic.
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Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
Rachel Barney. “Ring-Composition in Plato: the Case of Republic X,” in M. McPherran (ed.), Cambridge Critical Guide to Plato’s Republic. Cambridge University Press, 2010, 32-51. (pdf)
Jonathan Lear. "Inside and Outside The Republic," in Phronesis, 1992. vol. XXXVII/2 (pdf)
R0 Plato's Republic, or: How to Stop a Civil War
A foundational text in both ethics and political thought, the Republic was shaped by Plato's traumatic experiences as a young man witnessing civil war and the collapse of Athenian democracy. This is the first installment in an 11-part series on this classic work.
The episode has four parts, beginning at the following time-stamps:
0:22 Introduction to the work and to the series
8:50 Historical Background
25:25 Contents and Structure of the Republic
49:45 Conclusion: Irony and Foreboding
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Not Just Good Banter
Having binge-listened a few podcasts more and less directly related to the ancient Greece, I find this one particularly well done. Conversational, yet not just about good banter, and historically accurate, at least as far as the sources are familiar to yours truly.
The only minus is the release cycle. Episodes are few and far between. But, to repeat myself, they're well worth waiting too.