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Combat and Classics is a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. military members, sponsored by St. John’s College. The podcasts and seminars encourage deep thought and reflection by leaders in the company of their peers. In the discussion-based seminars devoted to what a leader must be and know, participants study historical and fictional leaders from the great books of the western canon. We examine techniques and examples of persuasion and fundamental questions on the nature of man. When participants take the time to reflect, with their peers, on the principles of leadership, they find that they return to their lives and professional positions energized and focused, with a deeper understanding of the context of their decisions, decision-making processes, and leadership roles. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brian-wilson5/support

Combat and Classics Podcast Brian Wilson

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Combat and Classics is a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. military members, sponsored by St. John’s College. The podcasts and seminars encourage deep thought and reflection by leaders in the company of their peers. In the discussion-based seminars devoted to what a leader must be and know, participants study historical and fictional leaders from the great books of the western canon. We examine techniques and examples of persuasion and fundamental questions on the nature of man. When participants take the time to reflect, with their peers, on the principles of leadership, they find that they return to their lives and professional positions energized and focused, with a deeper understanding of the context of their decisions, decision-making processes, and leadership roles. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brian-wilson5/support

    Ep. 65 Homer's "Iliad" Book 8

    Ep. 65 Homer's "Iliad" Book 8

    The gods assemble on Mount Olympus after the Trojans put a whooping on the Greeks. The Greeks decide to build defensive fortifications for the first time in the nine year war. Zeus gives a speech to the other gods warning them about going against his will.

    What do we think of Zeus as a leader? How does he compare to the leaders of the Greeks and Trojans?

    You can find our back episodes at combatandclassics.org and follow us on social @combatandclassics.


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    • 26 min
    Ep. 64 Homer's "Iliad" Book 7

    Ep. 64 Homer's "Iliad" Book 7

    Book 7 opens with a duel. The Greeks draw lots to fight Hector and (supposedly) end the war. Nine Greeks volunteer to fight and lots are drawn. Ajax wins the lottery and fights Hector. Ajax seems to be winning but the fighters make a truce and decide to take a day off to bury and honor the dead.

    Our opening question is: Who are the Greeks without Achilles?

    Some followup questions are: Does this book set up Nestor being wrong in the future? Does having Achilles around damage the other heroes?

    You can call into our phone number and leave a voicemail with your questions that we may play on the show: 703.677.8645. Or email us at combatandclassics@gmail.com.

    You can also donate at combatandclassics.org.


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    Ep. 63 Homer's "Iliad" Book 6

    Ep. 63 Homer's "Iliad" Book 6

    Oh hey! You can call us now! 703.677.8645. Leave a voicemail with your question and we may play it on the air and try to answer it.

    You can also email us at combatandclassics@gmail.com

    In this week's episode we find the Trojans getting beat pretty badly by the Greeks, so Helenus (a soothsayer and Hector's brother) tells Hector to go back to Troy and get the women to sacrifice to Athena. While he's back in town Hector visits his brother and chastises him for not returning to the battlefield. But then Hector goes and visits his wife and newborn son.

    Meanwhile, on the battlefield, Agamemnon chastises Menelaus for taking prisoners, and Diomedes and Glaucus fight, but find out their grandpappies were buddies... so they decide to exchange armor and agree to a personal truce.

    We try to tease out in this episode: who is Hector? How does he compare to Agamemnon and Achilles?

    You can donate to support the show at combatandclassics.org. Thanks for listening!


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    Ep. 62 Homer's "Iliad" Book 5

    Ep. 62 Homer's "Iliad" Book 5

    We've reached Book 5, and Diomedes isn't playing around.  He even stabs Ares himself.  Brian, Shilo, and Jeff ask: what does it mean to have a war in which men and gods fight one another?  We consider whether war is an uncanny world where the gods can be wounded, where men act like gods and gods act like men, and where the one can be mistaken for the other.  Are the Homeric gods really not radically different from human beings?  Oh: and the Trojans push further from Troy than they have ever gone.


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    Ep. 61 Homer's "Iliad" Book 4

    Ep. 61 Homer's "Iliad" Book 4

    Athena appears to cause an end to the truce by wounding Menelaus. Brian, Shilo and Jeff look at how "the will of Zeus is fulfilled" through the wrath of Achilles and through Zeus' lying.

    In Book I we framed the wrath of Achilles in terms of his mortality, and achieving immortal greatness. And we see Zeus, an immortal, using duplicity to continue the conflict so his promise to Thetis is kept.

    So we ask "why does Zeus lie?" And is there a parallel between Agamemnon's behavior and Zeus'? Is there also a parallel between Hector chastising his brother in front of the troops and what Agamemnon does in Book 4 to Odysseus?

    [Note: we mention in this episode our Xenophon pods, which we were originally recording at the same time as our Iliad pods - but decided to release all the Xenophon pods prior to releasing the Iliad pods. So if you're confused...sorry. You can find all our Xenophon pods in our feed and the next several weeks will be all Iliad pods.]


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    • 34 min
    Ep. 60 Homer's "Iliad" Book 3

    Ep. 60 Homer's "Iliad" Book 3

    In this episode, Paris and Menelaus duel over Helen and the fate of Troy.  Menelaus wins (yeah, he does) -- so why doesn't the war end here?  Brian, Shilo, and Jeff discuss what this book of the Iliad teaches us about the difference between Greeks and Trojans: are the Greeks all about anger, and the Trojans all about sex?  Also: who is the better leader: Priam, Agamemnon, or Hector?  Who is better at using shame to motivate his followers?

    You can ask us questions on our pod by emailing us at combatandclassics.org and follow us on social media @combatandclassics.


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Trevor Shelley ,

Great discussions

Love the detailed analysis and thoughtful questions through close readings. Thanks!

Virtual bookshelf ,

Loved the series on Xenophon’s Cyrus

Great analysis. I enjoyed listening to the podcast after I read the chapters of the book.

n4bpp ,

Outstanding

Just sit back and enjoy the classics, like being in class.

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