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Join the hosts of New Humanists and founders of the Ancient Language Institute, Jonathan Roberts and Ryan Hammill, on their quest to discover what a renewed humanism looks like for the modern world. The Ancient Language Institute is an online language school and think tank, dedicated to changing the way ancient languages are taught.

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Join the hosts of New Humanists and founders of the Ancient Language Institute, Jonathan Roberts and Ryan Hammill, on their quest to discover what a renewed humanism looks like for the modern world. The Ancient Language Institute is an online language school and think tank, dedicated to changing the way ancient languages are taught.

    What is Tyranny? | Episode LXVIII

    What is Tyranny? | Episode LXVIII

    We think we know what a "republic" is, but what did the Romans mean with their phrase "res publica"? What about the Italian humanists? And how did they distinguish a republic from a tyranny? We take a look at two more chapters from James Hankins's book, Virtue Politics, a groundbreaking examination of Renaissance political theory. These chapters focus on the question of legitimacy: What makes a government legitimate? What makes it illegitimate?James Hankins's Virtue Politics: https://amzn.to/...

    • 53 min
    The Renaissance Politics of Virtue | Episode LXVII

    The Renaissance Politics of Virtue | Episode LXVII

    A pandemic. A changing climate. A hopelessly divided country. Christianity threatened by Islam. Universities completely out of touch with normal people. Late medieval Italy was a basket case. All the while, a small group of men was dreaming of the Roman Empire - maybe emulating Rome was the way to save Italy? In his book Virtue Politics, James Hankins elucidates the neglected political thought of the humanists of the Italian Renaissance, which he names "virtue politics." Jonathan and Ryan out...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Christine de Pizan | Episode LXVI

    Christine de Pizan | Episode LXVI

    The poet of Joan of Arc, and a notable example of a female writer in the premodern period, Christine de Pizan took a turn at the popular humanist genre of the mirror to princes in her book "The Book of the Body Politics." Jonathan and Ryan take a look at her characterization of virtue, corporal punishment, and what it takes to educate a Caesar.Richard M. Gamble's The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOChristine de Pizan's The Book of the Body Politic: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780521...

    • 38 min
    Your Children Are Weak | Episode LXV

    Your Children Are Weak | Episode LXV

    In his essay "On Educating Children," a follow-up to his denunciation of pedantry, Michel de Montaigne warns that "natural affection makes parents too soft" and incapable of properly disciplining their children, or even of letting their children take the risks and encounter the dangers they ought to. Book-learning, in Montaigne's essay, takes a backseat to the development of real virtue; erudition is ornament, not foundation.Michel de Montaigne's Complete Essays: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/...

    • 47 min
    The Art of Language Teaching, feat. Tim Griffith | Episode LXIV

    The Art of Language Teaching, feat. Tim Griffith | Episode LXIV

    When Tim Griffith was coaching soccer and reading ancient Roman rhetorical theory, he realized he had stumbled across a pedagogical goldmine. In this episode, Jonathan and Ryan talk with Tim about raising kids as native Latin speakers, the roles that comprehensible input vs. grammar instruction play in the language classroom, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and Roman rhetoric. The product of years of experience and study, Tim’s approach to teaching Latin has borne fruit in his studen...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Republican Education, feat. Clifford Humphrey | Episode LXIII

    Republican Education, feat. Clifford Humphrey | Episode LXIII

    We threw off the monarchy... now what? Having established a republic on American soil, the Founding Fathers were faced with the question of how to educate a new generation of people who would protect American liberty. The most underrated of the Founding Fathers, Dr. Benjamin Rush, devoted considerable time and attention to this question. In this episode, Jonathan and Ryan are joined by Clifford Humphrey to discuss Rush's "Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic."Clifford Hump...

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

jen522arts ,

Review

Excellent conversations to listen to. As an educator, provides excellent perspective that has helped to form the way I view my students and my own role within the classroom.

thomasmore44 ,

Inspiration and Perspective

These guys are having a great conversation and inviting us into it. I particularly enjoyed the Voegelin episode as it reminded me to go back and read not just the original voices, but those who have helped hand on the tradition and understood it well in a context closer to my own. This podcast would help anyone who teaches, or still considers himself a student of, the Classical outlook on the world. Additionally, you could learn Latin or Greek from these guys too, in a legitimate method where you would imbibe the culture and the language together rather than amassing grammatical facts and charts to wield in parsing a sentence (and your own intellect) to death.

Interested Humanist ,

Bevis and Buthead

These are the original guys on the couch but instead of mind numbing mtv they are tuned into the true muse of philosophy in search of a recovery of philology.

Best lang oriented podcast online.

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