A.J., Graeme, and Thomas discuss everything having to do with the classical world. Our aim is to help both educators and laypeople enjoy the classical world as much as they enjoy fine ales and good tales.
In Camus's excellent (and refreshingly brief) novel, he embraces the absurd. Also, murder! Days at the sea! A.J. wonders if he's broken at his core!By The Strange, The Stranger, The Strangest
In this episode we finish discussing man's tendency to let our mimetic rivalry escalate into scandal, leading to an eventual sacrificial scapegoat. Honestly, it all seems kinda fun to me.By three dudes not falling right now
In the middle of Dostoyevsky's excellent book, the main character discusses an article he's written on "The Great Man," so we decide to do the same thing (while adding a little background and summary at the same time).By It doesn't matter. A certain percentage of us must go to the devil anyway.
Magbee, a counselor in his own right, discusses Andrew Purves's book. How should one view counseling and brain chemistry, pastoring and sin? It's a toughy, and that's coming from somebody with SAD. Seriously. I have a thing called "S.A.D." that makes me sad.By 3 dudes you should definitely NOT get counseled by . . . cep maybe Magbee
Whenever Graeme likes to say something intelligent, one thing that I apparently love to do is fasten on one small element of his argument and dig my heels in. This week, it's about birds that love each other. The rest of the podcast is a cool thing about psychological readings of scripture.By Oin, Gloin, and Cottontail
Don Quixote is a fun book about an old guy who hates windmills. Or maybe it's an epoch defining work of genius. Or maybe it's a book about the dangers of romance.By three noble knights, all of whom have a woeful countenance.
The second part of The Poetic Edda concerns the exploits of one family of Norse Heroes. Intrigue? Check. Regicide? Check. A pair of shape-shifting brothers, one of whom is an otter that loves munching fish? Double check.By one otter, one dwarf, and a helmeted dragon.
Philosophers always say that the best life is the life of a philosopher, the life of contemplation. I have always disagreed. Listen to Graeme change my mind (this is A.J., by the way).By Derrida, Hegel, Kant
In this episode, we discuss a psychological reading of Beowulf, and why it fails to approach the text honestly. Weirdly, we all agree. The whole crew. It's strange.By At least two English teachers
The Poetic Edda are the primary source for most of our information on Norse Mythology. They also happen to be the most heavy-metal myths you've ever heard. Half-corpse god of Hell named "Hel"? Yes, please.By Mimir, Fenrir, and Freyja
Antonio Gramsci was a Marxist, and we see some of his theories finding purchase today. Don't worry, we don't really get political, but we do discuss the ideas themselves.By The Proletariat
In book X of Plato's Republic, he rails on imitative poetry some more, argues for the immortality of the soul, and tells a creepy story about a guy named "Er."By The Three Fates
In the old'n days, an artist was like a parasite, but a friendly one. You know, like those birds who clean the teeth of alligators. In this episode we discuss the relationship between patron and artist.By Call me whatever you want if you pay me.
Thomas continues his journey with Dante through Purgatory, specifically the circle of Pride. Also, Francis Ford CoppolaBy Thomas
How will we let our own Purgatory affect us? What will our habits be on the other side?By Thomas, and Thomas alone
A young man from Perugia makes his way to Naples to purchase a horse and gets entangled with his newfound sister.By Boss Buttafuoco
Landolfo Rufolo turns to a life of piracy after making a disastrous effort as a merchant.By The Old Woman
A trio of brothers get money, lose money, get more money, lose that money, then finally get bailed out of debtors jail by their young cousin who meets a suspicious abbot . . . then meets the pope.By The other brother
A merchant falls in with some shady characters, but his patron saint, St. Julian, sees him through safely.By A praying bandit
Three Florentines get themselves into trouble when they visit the body of a dead porter everyone believes is a saint.By Stecchi
In this final story of day 1, Pampinea tells the story of an old doctor enamored of a young widow. She tries to poke fun at him, but he cleverly turns the tables.By One of those young suitors
A woman takes a journey to the Holy Land, only to be attacked. She decides to appeal to the king for help.By Not a ruffian
A court entertainer turns a miser's life around with one sassy quip.By Guiglielmo
Bergamino, a performer, is slighted by Messer Cane, so he tells the story of Primasso and the Abbot.By Bergamino's Saddle Horse
In this story, a rather innocent rich man is fleeced by a Franciscan monk. The rich man finds vengeance when he needles him good in front of his buddies.By A poor broth receiver
The Marchioness is one beautiful woman, and her reputation reaches a king who makes plans to visit her on the sly.By The Marquess
A young monk who is just too vigorous for monastery life has a quick fling with a girl. Intrigue ensues when the abbot gets involved.By The Good Monk
Saladin was once in want of some cash, so he tries to trap Melchisedech into giving him some cash.By The Man Himself
In this story, a wealthy Parisian cloth merchant convinces a Jewish friend to convert to Christianity after he visits Rome.By Giannotto, Giovanni, and Abraham
This is story one of the Decameron, about a thug who became a saint.By Two Florentine Usurers and a Thug
This is the first installment of Quarantine Stuff You Should Know. To help with the quarantine doldrums, A.J. will be giving you a story almost daily from the Decameron. This episode serves as an intro to the series.By Panfilo, Filostrato, Dioneo
We're almost there, guys, and this is the penultimate chapter of Plato's republic. This one is all about tyranny. A tyranny named Tyrone.By We're all, let's be honest, Tyrone.
As a follow up to book IX of the republic, Graeme leads us on a thought journey to the medieval land of government. So strap on your cassock and let's get weird.By Three hopeless moderns
We've done Dante's Inferno before, so Thomas introduces us to his Purgatorio in this episode. Doesn't "Purgatorio" sound like the Italian version of famous horror movie "The Purge"? It isn't, though.By I dunno, but I' all like, whatev.
In book eight of Plato's Republic, Socrates discusses the degradation of an Aristocracy into more mediocre forms of government. Spoiler, democracy is not near the top.By Two Tyrones and a Timmy
There's a big ol' white horse made of rocks in the UK, and Chesterton wrote some poem about it or whatever. It's okay I guess. Maybe worth a quick jaw wag.By Xanthos, Balios, and Li'l Sebastian
Thomas leads us further up the mountain as we discuss "Climbing Parnassus" by Tracy Lee Simmons. Greek and Latin, he argues, are the organizing principle for classical education. Also, it impresses people when you can tell them what all those words on the dollar bill mean.By Boog, Loog, Joog
Plato finally gets us to the allegory of the cave. We find out that we're just dudes, dudes in a cave, dudes staring at a wall.By A mathematician, A historian, and a third guy.
Did you know that humans used to be eight limbed creatures that rolled around like silly marshmallows? Yeah, neither did we.By Adonis, Tall Glass of Water, Hunk
In this actually good episode, Graeme talks about readings of poetry. How do you balance a traditional reading with your own experience? With scales, friend. Scales.By Pottery, Poetry, Potty
Because of an unexpected illness, A.J. is back on the Plato train till he can get some Mongolian epic ready.By Charlatans, Wasters, and the Misguided
Graeme summarizes the book that is once removed from Lewis's "Abolition of Man": "After Virtue." And I give an awkward intro, as always. Sheesh.By Three boys that are WELL past virtue
Thomas guides us through "Climbing Parnassus," a defense of classical education and . . . uh . . . THE ELITE?By Just some ice climbers
A house, a play, a baby: three reasons why this advent season we're taking a little bit of a break. We'll be back in January with season 2 of Classical Stuff.By The Three Wise Men
This is the final episode in the Templar trilogy, and we finally find out what happened to those rascally Templar. Basically, they became the illuminati and Kanye joined. Wait. Just kidding. No he didn't. Ignore that. Shoot. I'm going to answer to Kanye for this. Dang it! I've gotta keep my trap shut.…
Plato just keeps getting weirder. This chapter seems to be an aside addressing something he glossed over earlier: having women and children in common. That, and he's probably the first true feminist. Oh wait. No he isn't.By Two Guardians and an Artisan. I'll let you figure out which
The recent passing of Harold necessitates a bit of a memorial from the Classical Stuff boys. In this episode we discuss Harold's legacy, anxiety, and reading.By Violet, Daisy, and Daffodil
This is the fourth installment of our series on Plato's Republic. In this one we finally get to the meaning of justice. We also feel bad for some of the warriors. They're getting a pretty raw deal.By Hams, Grams, and Trams
In this episode, Thomas reads from "A Guide for the Perplexed." We discuss how seemingly contradictory viewpoints are sometimes not so contradictory.By Divvy, Civvy, and Wivvy
We continue our long journey toward Jerusalem with the Templar. In this episode: Assassins who would vote in favor of the "legalize it" legislation, leper kings, a bunch of bros who go to Jerusalem to get gold, and REALLY INTENSE HANDSHAKES.By The Templar Temps