What institutions do oligarchic regimes use to maintain power? How do they fend off the threat of democratic revolution? What happened to the many oligarchies of the ancient Mediterranean?
Philosophy first emerged in ancient Greece 2600 years ago. What drove a group of thinkers at that time to suddenly cast off old beliefs and embark on radically new avenues of inquiry and investigation?
Peter Adamson joins us to discuss Aristotle's contributions to philosophy, and the role that his works have played in shaping the course of human knowledge.
Rush Rehm, professor of Classics and of Theater and Performing Studies at Stanford University, joins us for a discussion about one of the most pivotal and enigmatic developments in the ancient world: the invention of theater in Athens in the late 6th century BC.