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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. 50 Warspeak by Lise van Boxel

    Ep. 50 Warspeak by Lise van Boxel

    Brian and Jeff are joined by Michael Grenke, St. John's College - Santa Fe, to discuss Lise van Boxel's posthumously published book "Warspeak" from PoliticalAnimalPress.com. Purchase your copy here.


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    Ep. 49 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VIII with Shilo Brooks

    Ep. 49 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VIII with Shilo Brooks

    All good things must come to an end -- but so must all bad things, and Cyrus' empire ends badly.  Was Cyrus happy?  Is it possible to rule human beings the way he did, like a god, and also make yourself and them happy?  And why did such a cold king have two sons?  Brian, Shilo, and Jeff have answers, and these answers raise new and interesting questions, and point to another of Xenophon's books.


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    Ep. 48 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VII with Shilo Brooks

    Ep. 48 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VII with Shilo Brooks

    Abradatas is hacked to pieces, and Panthea kills herself over his corpse.  Croesus is defeated by Cyrus, and tries to teach him what "know thyself" means.  And Cyrus surrounds himself with a bodyguard... of eunuchs?  In this episode, Brian, Shilo, and Jeff finally confront the question of what "the education of Cyrus" really means.  To suffer is to learn... but do any of these people really learn anything?


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    Ep. 47 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VI with Shilo Brooks

    Ep. 47 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book VI with Shilo Brooks

    Brian, Shilo and Jeff get together to talk more about the difference between sexual and political love, or eros, and about the connection between eros and gratitude.  We end on another cliffhanger, as Cyrus' army, complete with siege engines, is about to attack the Assyrian host.  And Jeff admits to a crackpot theory about the connection between love, chariots, and... Plato?


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    Ep. 46 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book V with Shilo Brooks

    Ep. 46 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus" Book V with Shilo Brooks

    Shilo Brooks returns for the next podcast in our series on Xenophon's Education of Cyrus.  We talk about Book V, the love book -- easy now -- and especially about the differences between sexual and political love.  Cyrus' special friend returns, as does his boyfriend, and the Susan woman.  And the book ends with another kiss!  We also learn the secret of when Cyrus, and Xenophon, use names.

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    Ep. 45 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus," Book IV

    Ep. 45 Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus," Book IV

    Shilo Brooks returns for Book IV of Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus." We discuss Cyrus' attack on the Assyrians, consolidation, cavalry, and Cyrus' first boyfriend returns (::kiss::kiss::) and the Susan woman.

    For more info check out combatandclassics.org. We now have a newsletter, Instagram (@combatandclassics), and twitter (@combat_classics).


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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Outstanding

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

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Mr. Wilson, Ms. van Boxel and Mr. Black have successfully distilled the spirit of a real St. John’s classroom experience. Whether it is a podcast, book club or university, the educational challenge is to marry sincerity and intelligence. This podcast offers that rare combination. Great job and thank you.

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