On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom, book review

'On marriage and family life' is a small book which is a collection of Saint John Chrysostom's (349-407AD) Homilies on marriage. It contains a basic introduction to John's life and the Theology and Ethics behind Christian marriage. This introduction is evidently American, and written by someone who still hasn't fully escaped the post-Enlightenment culture of … Continue reading On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom, book review

Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon, book review 

Other than Plato's work, this is the other main source for the man Socrates and his philosophy. This book contains four books about Socrates, which is the complete works of Xenophon on the subject of Socrates. The first book is Socrates' Defence which is what he did and said before his execution, it is far … Continue reading Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon, book review 

Symposium by Plato, book review

In this dialogue Plato has Socrates going to a Symposium (drink party) with Aristodemus, it is Apollodorus who is recounting the story to a group of unnamed companions. The story is that of Agathon winning an award for his new drama, and him having a party to celebrate it. Aristodemus is invited, but doesn't know … Continue reading Symposium by Plato, book review

Phaedo by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review

In this Platonic dialogue Phaedo is asked by his friend Echecrates if he was at Socrates' execution and to tell him how it happened and what Socrates did and said before it. Phaedo happily indulges him by explaining that Socrates before his execution was as talkative and philosophical as usual. Cebes and Simmias (followers of … Continue reading Phaedo by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review

Defence of Socrates, Euthyphro, Crito by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review

Well translated and the notes help to expand on the arguments being had in these three dialogues. The first Dialogue is Euthyphro, and concerns a young man of the same name as the dialogue, he is planning to take his father to court for murder and thinks that bringing justice by prosecuting his father is … Continue reading Defence of Socrates, Euthyphro, Crito by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review