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Welcome! Ancient World is a podcast about the deep Treasures of the Past, from the Greek Philosophy and Myth, the Biblical Stories, the Roman Empire and the Great Rebirth of the Florentine Renaissance!

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Welcome! Ancient World is a podcast about the deep Treasures of the Past, from the Greek Philosophy and Myth, the Biblical Stories, the Roman Empire and the Great Rebirth of the Florentine Renaissance!

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Welcome! Ancient World is a podcast about the deep Treasures of the Past, from the Greek Philosophy and Myth, the Biblical Stories, the Roman Empire and the Great Rebirth of the Florentine Renaissance!

Rank #1: Episode 2 - Aristotle and the Big Bang

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How Aristotle used logic to conclude the universe started with a first mover, that has no size. 

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Dec 27 2018

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Rank #2: Episode 46 - The Greek Creation Myth. Chaos, Gaia, and Zeus.

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From the origin of the Gods, and the Cosmos.

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Mar 16 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 54 - The Inspiration of Homer and Hesiod, and Greek Culture. The Muses are singing!

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In this episode we will look at a brief overview of the nine muses, the deities of inspiration in the Greek Mythology; Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania - and their roles as openings for the Illiad, the Odyssey, the Theogony - and countless other major works from the Ancient World (and also later in the Renaissance).

Hesiod describes:

"And one day they taught Hesiod glorious song while he was shepherding his lambs under holy Helicon, and this word first the goddesses said to me -- the Muses of Olympus, daughters of Zeus who holds the aegis:

`Shepherds of the wilderness, wretched things of shame, mere bellies, we know how to speak many false things as though they were true; but we know, when we will, to utter true things.'"


Here pointing out how the inspiration came to him while he was "shepherding his lambs" under the mountain, and also pointing out how creativity might be wrong and false, but sometimes, when "the muses will", also telling the brilliant and true things.

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Mar 31 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 38 - The Great Treasures of Dante. An Intellectual and a Philosopher comment.

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In this episode we have two short clips from podcasts about Dante as a Great Mind of the Earlier Times, and the relevance of the Paradiso today - for developing the mind.

This first clip is from a catholic bishop on a podcast episode about faith, science, psychology and knowledge, the second is from a Dr. in Philosophy and a Psychotherapist, Mark Vernon, during a Q&A about Barfield, Dante, Jung and Lewis.

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Nov 20 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 26 - Aristotle, on Actions and Ethics

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A very brief opener to the work "Ethics" by Aristotle. A main point is that happiness is in accordance to the "virtuous activity of the soul", with an emphasis on the on-going activity, and the deep importance of one's actions, as in the quote:

"We are what we repeatedly do."

Which also opens up for the building of good character, creating a life, and also changing a life - through action.

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Jan 28 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 39 - St. Peter attacks the Church, and Dante reaches the Primo Mobile, the origin of Time. Canto XXVII.

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In this episode we have another big transition from the Fixed Stars and the last of the Blessed Souls, to the origin of time and the Sphere that sets everything into motion. There are no planets or constellations here - and it is directly contained in the Divine Mind of light and love. 

Beatrice, as symbol of theology and spiritual wisdom, talks about the faulty nature of the human species, but that guidence and divine light will come back on Earth one day, and set the "fleet" on the right sailing course, once again.

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

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Nov 22 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 23 - Florentine History in the 11- and 12 hundreds. Cacciaguida tells the story.

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In this episode we get a detailed history and general themes from the history of Florence in the 12th and 13th century. Dante is lamenting the fall of Florence from its glorious days and more simple times, but pointing to the cycle of things - in some ways being prophetic about the extraordinary cultural and artistic renewal in Florence in the 14 and 15 hundreds, and the heights of the Florentine Renaissance!

This canto is in many ways a parallel to the 6th Canto with the Roman Emperor Justinian presenting the overall History of Rome, and the Imperial Eagle..

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and enjoy!

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Oct 26 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 14 - Sphere of the Moon, and Empress Constance. Canto III.

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In this episode we go through Canto III in Paradiso in detail, where the Pilgrim meets Piccarda, a relative of his Wife, and the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Constance. We are gradually learning more about the nature of the Heavens, and the souls that are living there. Dante has not yet learned that all the souls live in the Empyrean, but are reflected down into the spheres, according to their degree of receiving and emitting the Divine Essence.

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Oct 10 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 21 - Dante's Letter to his Patron della Scala, and arriving at Mars, Sphere of Warriors.

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In this episode we'll go briefly through the first five levels of Angelical Beings, talk about two key points from Dante's letter to his Patron Can Grande della Scala of Verona, and have a look at the entrance and first experiences in the Sphere of Mars! 

The mood is changing in deep ways after the lower three spheres, and after the Sphere of Knowledge (from September), we are now arriving at the Sphere of Warriors in Canto 14. In this heaven the music is becoming more important as a source of beauty, and as the language of the Divine. 

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and enjoy!

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Oct 22 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 34 - Inferno Canto 1

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The opening poem of the Comedy is in some ways a metaphor for the whole work of three Volumes, with the journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

These lines describes the concept of the hill (mount purgatory) and the rays of light, from Paradise:

I raised my head and saw the hilltop shawled
in morning rays of light sent from the planet
that leads men straight ahead on every road.

Canto I, verse 16-18

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Feb 06 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 34 - The Examination of Dante Begins. And why substance comes before logic, in Faith. Canto XXIV

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In this episode Dante is being questioned by St. Peter about the first and foundational virtue of Faith - what it is, if Dante has it, and where he finds the proof.

This is the first of three examinations on the theological virtues Faith, Hope and Love/Charity - by the Apostles in the Fixed Stars.

This canto is full of very deep and profound philosophical and theological questions, but still with a firm footing in a secular understanding of the spiritual and Divine. Dante is also showing the essence of scholasticism in several tercets (themselves tree parts in one unit), combining Greek Philosophy and The Biblical Stories.

In this 8th sphere the souls are described as comets, symbolizing the high levels of blessedness and insight/knowledge.

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and enjoy!
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Nov 16 2019

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Rank #12: Episode 15 - Learning and Growing, through doubts and new questions. Canto IV.

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In the episode we see how Dante is left with two big doubts after meeting with the souls in Canto III, and how Beatrice is helping him grow and understand. This sparks a new question in him, which intensifies the love from Beatrice. 

We also learn more about how the souls all live in the Empyrean, and how there is a difference between the absolute will, and the conditional will. At the end Dante wants to know if one can compensate for bad deeds made under external pressure, which Beatrice will answer in the next Canto!

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and enjoy!

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Oct 12 2019

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Rank #13: Lost in a Dark Forest

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The opening verse of Dante's Comedy - as a portal to the Ancient World, and the deep.

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Dec 27 2018

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Rank #14: Episode 35 - Inferno, Canto 2

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We continue our journey from the beginning of the Comedy, and in this episode we look at Canto 2 where Dante is convinced by his guide Virgil that he can start this endeavor with support from the Heavens. This warms his heart, and he finds courage in the following passage:

As little flowers from the frosty night
 are closed and limp, and when the sun shines down on them, 
  they rise to open on their stem, 

my wilted strength began to bloom within me

Verse 127-131.

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Feb 06 2019

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Rank #15: Marcus Aurelius on Happiness

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In Episode 4 we discuss a quote from Marcus Aurelius on how to be happy, and the power we have to influence this.

"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
- Aurelius.

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Dec 27 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 33 - Conversation about Paradise, Nature of Stories, and Jacob's Ladder. Part III with Mythos & Logos.

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In this episode we have the third and last part of the great conversation with Sean from Mythos & Logos! Main themes are overall thoughts about the Paradise, and the nature of stories and how they sometimes can embed deep knowledge and mysteries that are too elusive to grasp directly.

We also have a celebration as our first year's goal is reached today or tomorrow - and you can contact us on Discord, on https://discord.gg/r4mUbcs!

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Mythos & Logos channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtaVPKsU8LLv7ZvXgGez4XQ

Part I & II of the Conversation:
http://www.buzzsprout.com/239672/1968223
http://www.buzzsprout.com/239672/1998742

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Nov 14 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 33 - Limbo, Purgatory, and a question from a listener!

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After the last episode where Dante meets Aristotle in Limbo, of Inferno - a listener asked if there is any way of escaping Limbo (the place for the unbaptized, thus also everyone living before the birth of Christ).

The Pilgrim asks Virgil the very same question in verse 49-50 of Canto IV:

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did any ever leave here, through his merit
or with another's help, and go to bliss?"

The key is the the second part, "with another's help". Virgil explains that it did happen once, as Christ descended to save some of the souls from the Old Testament.

"I was a novice in this place
 when I saw a mighty lord descend to us
 who wore the sign of victory as his crown.

He took from us the shade of our first parent,
 of Abel, his good son, of Noah, too,
 and of obedient Moses, who made the laws; 

Abram, the Patriarch, David the King,
 Israel with his father and his children,
 with Rachel, whom he worked so hard to win;"

Canto IV, Verse 52-60.

But in general - they are lost, and in desire:

For this defect, and for no other guilt,
 we here are lost. In this alone we suffer:
  cut off from hope, we live on in desire."

Canto IV, Verse 40-42.

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Feb 05 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 37 - Canto 4, and reflections on the scope of the Comedy.

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In this episode we continue the journey through the first book, and reflect on the framing of Dante waking up in the first circle of the Inferno, Limbo. He sees the souls lost there, and then meets the Greek philosophers including Aristotle. (More detail on this is already in Episode 32 & 33 on this podcast!)

Here is the opening, as Dante "wakes up" to the journey inside the Inferno:

A heavy clap of thunder! I awoke
 from the deep sleep that drugged my mind-startled, 
  the way one is when shaken out of sleep. 

I turned my rested eyes from side to side,
 already on my feet and, staring hard,
 I tried my best to find out where I was.


Canto IV, Verse 1-6

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Feb 07 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 30 - Saturn! A Heaven filled with Beauty and Contemplation. Canto XXI.

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In this episode we come to the serene peace of Saturn, with burning souls and intensity of spirit, love and energy. The main symbol in this sphere is the ladder - an image for transition and ascent to the highest of heavens, and also of the Monastery. The mood is changing a lot, and the Pilgrim too is becoming more thoughtful and infused with wonder and love. 

With this canto we are entering the final stages of the whole Journey through Paradise.

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and enjoy!

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Nov 08 2019

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Rank #20: Episode 22 - Aristotle Complete Works

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A brief introduction to the complete works of Aristotle, the language style, and where to start or approach this foundational set of books - in Greek Philosophy.

Recommended editions for the texts: 
"The Complete Works of Aristotle" Edited by Jonathan Barnes, One Volume Digital Edition.

A great version for short introductions to each part (very helpful): 
"Aristotle Complete Works" by Delphi Classics.

The excerpt, the opening of "Physics":
"When the objects of an inquiry, in any department, have principles, causes, or elements, it is through acquaintance with these that knowledge and understanding is attained. For we do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary causes or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its elements. Plainly, therefore, in the science of nature too our first task will be to try to determine what relates to its principles."

Comments and questions: ancientworld@mail.com

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Jan 24 2019

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