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New Humanists

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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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/3UiQpp3Francesco Petrarch's Invectives: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674011540New Humanists episode on Nietzsche and slavery: https://newhumanists.buzzsprout.com/1791279/14044549-compassion-versus-classical-antiquity-episode-lviiCicero's De Officiis: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199540716Robert Harris's Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780743498661Adrian Goldsworthy's Caesar: Life of a Colossus: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780300126891New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
53:00 5/15/24
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 outline Hankins's arguments.James Hankins's Virtue Politics: https://amzn.to/3UiQpp3N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780800626815Augustine's City of God: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140448948Thomas Aquinas' De Regno: https://isidore.co/aquinas/DeRegno.htmDante's De Monarchia: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781502885555Desiderius Erasmus' The Praise of Folly: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780691165646New Humanists episode on T.S. Eliot's Praise for Privilege: https://newhumanists.buzzsprout.com/1791279/9884564-t-s-eliot-s-praise-for-privilege-episode-xviNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
69:32 5/1/24
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/25626/9780521422598C.S. Lewis's The Weight of Glory: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060653200Christopher Schlecht's "Did Dorothy Sayers Get Education Wrong?": https://youtu.be/--gjw3gaG-U?si=7OLZ-SlExk8_QMp2Joris-Karl Huysmans's Against the Grain: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199555116New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
38:23 4/15/24
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/25626/9780140446043Herodotus' Histories: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400031146Rhetorica Ad Herennium: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674994447New Humanists episode "The First English Conversation, feat. Dr. Colin Gorrie": https://newhumanists.buzzsprout.com/1791279/11362004-the-first-english-conversation-feat-dr-colin-gorrie-episode-xxxiiNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
47:46 4/1/24
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 students at New Saint Andrews College, in his curriculum projects at Picta Dicta, and in no small way in the influence he has had on the Ancient Language Institute.Rhetorica Ad Herennium: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674994447Quintilian’s Institutes of Oratory (Volume I): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674995918Picta Dicta: https://pictadicta.com/Shop Picta Dicta at Roman Roads Press: https://romanroadspress.com/latinHans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana: https://amzn.to/3hoLz7VW.H.D. Rouse’s Latin on the Direct Method: https://books.google.com/books/about/Latin_on_the_Direct_Method_By_W_H_D_Rous.html?id=oMXxMgEACAAJNew Saint Andrews College: https://nsa.edu/ALI Latin classes for adults: https://ancientlanguage.com/register-latin/ALI Ancient Greek classes for adults: https://ancientlanguage.com/register-greek/ALI Latin for Kids Program: https://ancientlanguage.com/latin-for-kids/ALI Latin for Kids Self-Study Course: https://ancientlanguage.com/latin-curriculum/Erasmus' De Copia: https://amzn.to/3Phf9MHPaul Distler's Teach the Latin, I Pray You: https://amzn.to/4cflhPC
73:58 3/15/24
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 Humphrey's Are "Merely Christian" Colleges Enough?: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2023/02/are-merely-christian-colleges-enoughCarl Trueman's Mere Christianity on Campus: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2023/02/mere-christianity-on-campusClifford Humphrey's The Ends of "Mere Classical" Schools: https://americanreformer.org/2023/04/the-ends-of-mere-classical-schools/Our American Stories' episode on Benjamin Rush: https://www.ouramericanstories.com/podcast/history/founding-father-benjamin-rushBenjamin Rush's Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic: https://explorepahistory.com/odocument.php?docId=1-4-218#Ian Dagg's Regime and Education: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9783031373824Plutarch's Greek Lives (includes Lycurgus): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199540051Joseph Addison's Cato: A Tragedy: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780865974432Eric Nelson's The Hebrew Republic: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674062139New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
67:52 3/1/24
Mediocrity Versus Glory in the Renaissance | Episode LXII
Leonardo Bruni was the titan of Renaissance historians and a prolific humanist. In a long letter to an aristocratic Italian woman, Battista Malatesta, he lays out his philosophy of humanistic education, which is meant to help the student achieve glory. But laziness or ineptitude, he says, threatens the student always, and will drag her down to crawl alongside other mediocrities. Bruni insists on deep reading of the greatest orators, poets, and historians, alongside biblical and theological study.Richard M. Gamble's The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOI Tatti Renaissance Library's Humanist Educational Treatises (containing Bruni's entire letter in Latin and English): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674007598Leonardo Bruni's History of the Florentine People (Volume I): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780674005068Donald Phillip Verene's The Art of Humane Education: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780801440397C.S. Lewis's On Stories (includes The Parthenon and The Optative): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780062643605New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
48:05 2/15/24
Does Education Improve the Soul? | Episode LXI
Michel de Montaigne was a native Latin speaker in modern Europe and yet a great innovator in French letters; among other things, he invited the genre known as the essay. His elegant, searching essays are intended to expose the reality of his own soul - and that of his readers. In "On Schoolmasters' Learning," this most studios of men wonders aloud whether education is actually good for you. After all, look at all the people obsessed with books and yet completely useless for anything productive. Maybe study actually harms your soul?Michel de Montaigne's Complete Essays: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140446043Cicero's Pro Archia Poeta: https://amzn.to/49k1zjcAristophanes' Clouds: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780801485749The Cost of Glory | Lucullus I: https://share.transistor.fm/s/4ef111e2Plato's Hippias Major: https://amzn.to/3SI8PA6New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
58:16 2/2/24
Pope Humanist | Episode LX
Aeneas Silvius was an accomplished Renaissance humanist, author of erotic literature, and influential aide to emperors and popes (and an antipope). Then, he became a pope himself. As Pope Pius II, he then added memoirist, urban planner, and antiquarian to his list of accomplishments. He contributed to the popular Renaissance "mirror of princes" genre in a letter to a young boy-king in Central Europe, where he makes the case for reading pagan poetry as a Christian.Richard M. Gamble's The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnONew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
46:14 1/15/24
Prince Erasmus | Episode LIX
Jonathan and Ryan turn to a set of selections from the Prince of Humanists himself, Desiderius Erasmus. In Liber Antibarbarorum, Erasmus pillories the precious Christians who refuse to read pagan authors on account of their own squeamish consciences. In Education of a Christian Prince, and On the Education of Children, Erasmus gives principled arguments for humanistic education and practical advice for those responsible for carrying it out.Roland Bainton's Erasmus of Christendom: https://amzn.to/3v8NlTCDesiderius Erasmus' Praise of Folly: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780691165646Desiderius Erasmus' Education of a Christian Prince: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780521588119Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780664241582Richard M. Gamble's The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOEric Adler on The New Thinkery: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eric-adler-on-the-new-humanism/id1524739522?i=1000638422051New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
49:33 1/1/24
All Education Is Religious | Episode LVIII
"As only the Catholic and communist know, all education must be ultimately religious education." So argues T.S. Eliot in his essay "Modern Education and the Classics," in which he contrasts three different camps in the world of education: the radical, the liberal, and the orthodox. Eliot seems to say that the only hope for continued erudition in the Greek and Roman classics is a rebirth of Christendom. Jonathan and Ryan discuss Eliot's provocative thesis, along with the lessons he offers to would-be educational reformers.T.S. Eliot's Modern Education and the Classics: https://muse.jhu.edu/document/615T.S. Eliot's Selected Essays: https://amzn.to/3GD5mftEric Adler's Humanistic Letters: https://amzn.to/41kvlSbJohn Peterson's College Is Too Late: https://americanmind.org/features/how-to-save-higher-education/college-is-too-late/Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780735213302New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
65:42 12/15/23
Compassion Versus Classical Antiquity | Episode LVII
In The Greek State, Friedrich Nietzsche argues that the Greek polis existed in order to hold the many in slavery so that the Olympian few could give birth to the beautiful Helen known as Greek culture, and that the Greek state had to be periodically renewed by war so that it could continue to create geniuses. This, he says, is the esoteric meaning behind Plato's Republic. Jonathan and Ryan take a look at this "preface to an unwritten book" and examine the ethical, metaphysical, and historical implications of Nietzsche's argument.Friedrich Nietzsche's The Greek State: https://www.stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Nietzsche-Greek-State-text.pdfJacob Burkhardt's The Greeks and Greek Civilization: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780312244477C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652920T.S. Eliot's Vergil and the Christian World: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27538181Jacob Burkhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy: https://amzn.to/49RKXk1New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
70:45 12/1/23
Nietzsche, Homer, and Cruelty | Episode LVI
Why was it that the Greeks, the most humane of all peoples, also possessed such a tigerish lust for blood? Why did the Greeks so delight in Homer's depiction of cruelty and death in the Iliad? That is the question animating Friedrich Nietzsche's preface to an unwritten book, "Homer's Contest." Nietzsche turns to the dark Hellenic past, the "womb of Homer" for an explanation, and finds it in Strife, the double-souled goddess lauded by Hesiod.  Friedrich Nietzsche's Homer's Contest: http://www.northamericannietzschesociety.com/uploads/7/3/2/5/73251013/nietzscheana5.pdfLee Fratantuono's Madness Unchained: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780739122426Robin Lane Fox's Homer and His Iliad: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781541600447Hesiod's Theogony, Works and Days: https://amzn.to/467Nh3lDan Carlin's Death Throes of the Republic: https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-death-throes-of-the-republic-series/C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780062565433Jacob Burkhardt's The Greeks and Greek Civilization: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780312244477René Girard's Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780804722155New Humanists episode on Simone Weil's "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-iliad-or-the-poem-of-force-episode-xxi/id1570296135?i=1000557727910New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
76:01 11/15/23
The Mirror for Princes | Episode LV
Thomas Elyot wrote "The Boke named the Governour," the first book about education written in the English language, an outstanding example in the crowded field of Renaissance-era mirrors for princes. The mirrors for princes were works designed to instruct and train future kings, nobles, and leading men. Machiavelli and Erasmus wrote famous mirrors for princes, but what does the English tradition of this genre have to show us?Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOThomas Elyot's The Boke named The Governour: https://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/gov/gov1.htmNiccolo Machiavelli's The Prince: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199535699Desiderius Erasmus' The Education of a Christian Prince: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780521588119Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/463xl2yPlutarch's Parallel Lives (inc. Lycurgus): https://amzn.to/3YbAPxkNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
72:32 9/15/23
Martin Luther for Public Schools (or, Don't Be an Ostrich) | Episode LIV
"Simple necessity has forced men, even among the heathen, to maintain pedagogues and schoomasters if their nation was to be brought to a high standard." In his address "To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany," Martin Luther exhorts Germany's civic leaders to establish public schools for the education of all German children. Foremost among his priorities in his proposed educational program is instruction in ancient languages, something that, according to Luther, Satan wants to suppress. We dive into German education, ancient language instruction, and the eternal debate over public schools versus homeschooling.Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOPlutarch's Parallel Lives (inc. Numa and Lycurgus): https://amzn.to/3YbAPxkAndrew Cuff's Marcus Aurelius, Uncensored: https://beckandstone.com/created/marcus-aurelius-uncensoredNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
59:53 9/1/23
Only the Weak Desire a Quiet Life | Episode LIII
Ulrich Zwingli was one of the towering figures of the Reformation, a committed humanist, and a warrior who ultimately fell in battle. He despised the idea that Christianity could render men passive, and in a short treatise from 1523 to a young nobleman, he sketches the outlines of his ideal education for the creature called man: "We are set between the hammer and the anvil, half beast and half angel."Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnODavenant Institute Ad Fontes podcast on Zwingli: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/zwingli-we-hardly-knew-ye/id1557560666?i=1000545490988Bruce Gordon's Zwingli: God's Armed Prophet: https://amzn.to/43zIOVNNew Humanists episode on T.S. Eliot's Notes Towards the Definition of Culture: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/t-s-eliots-praise-for-privilege-episode-xvi/id1570296135?i=1000549689865New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
66:38 8/15/23
Return of the Old Gods in Germany | Episode LII
In the opening lecture of his course on Homer, the Professor of Greek at the University of Wittenberg, Phillip Melanchthon, first invokes the aid of the gods and declares that to Homer belongs "the highest and noblest place." Further, Melanchthon proclaims that Homer "alone snatches away the palm of victory from all poets that any age has brought forth, and he leaves them all far behind." Jonathan and Ryan take a look at Melanchthon's encomium for Homer and defense against the many varieties of Homeric critics, both ancient and modern.Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOC.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781107604704Homer's Iliad (Greek-English): https://amzn.to/3O2sBEdHomer's Odyssey (Greek-English): https://amzn.to/46DbOPeNew Humanists Episode on T.S. Eliot's Vergil and Christian World: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/was-virgil-divinely-inspired-episode-xxxiii/id1570296135?i=1000582748821Daoiri Farrell's The Valley of Knockanure: https://youtu.be/lu-FG92a9CwNew Humanists Episode on Simone Weil's The Iliad, or the Poem of Force: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-iliad-or-the-poem-of-force-episode-xxi/id1570296135?i=1000557727910Herodotus' The Histories: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400031146Cicero's Pro Archia Poeta Oratio: https://amzn.to/3JS7y4DNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
75:51 8/1/23
The Warm and Capacious Calvin | Episode LI
A stern prophet of the new and harsh doctrine of predestination. A bloodthirsty tyrant burning people at the stake. A narrowminded dour Puritan. The magnitude of the popularity of these Calvinist stereotypes is matched by their massive distance from the truth of the man. In his affection for the pagan authors, Calvin reveals a deeply humanistic soul, attuned to truth no matter which rock he might find it under. In this episode, Jonathan and Ryan examine a particularly illustrative passage from his Institutes as well as a short passage from his commentary on Titus.Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOBruce Gordon's Calvin: https://amzn.to/3NQ4UPaJohn Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780664220280Alister McGrath's C.S. Lewis - A Life: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781496410450C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652920New Humanists episode on C.S. Lewis' Introduction to Athanasius' On the Incarnation: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/c-s-lewis-on-old-books-episode-xiv/id1570296135?i=1000546657094New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
50:03 7/15/23
How to Educate the Queen | Episode L
How do you prepare a royal princess for the throne? In this episode, we look at the writings of two giants of Reformation humanism: Johannes Sturm and Roger Ascham, and in particular, their correspondence about Ascham's work training the future Queen Elizabeth I in Latin and Greek. Ascham himself variously tutored and served as Latin secretary to Lady Jane Grey, the woman who ordered her execution (Queen Mary), and the woman who replaced Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth). If you think speaking dead languages is a new-fangled approach to language learning, you might be surprised at what Princess Elizabeth was doing in class.Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnORoger Ascham's The Scholemaster: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1844Roger Ascham's Toxophilus: https://www.archerylibrary.com/books/toxophilus/New Humanists episode on Ælfric's Colloquy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-first-english-conversation-feat-dr-colin-gorrie/id1570296135?i=1000581249310C. P. Wormald's "The Uses of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England and Its Neighbours": https://www.jstor.org/stable/3679189C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652944Herodotus' Histories: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400031146Shakespeare's The Tempest: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780743482837New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
58:54 7/1/23
Bread and Circuses for Rome | No Republic Was Ever Greater
King Tarquinius secures his hold on power by expanding the Senate, but encounters a roadblock to strengthening the military in the person of a famous augur. Tarquinius is ruthless, productive, and the first great Roman promoter of "bread and circuses" (among other things, according to Livy, Tarquinius builds the Circus Maximus). Despite his political saavy, however, he comes to a violent, borderline slapstick end.Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjVirgil's Aeneid: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780143105138New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
47:32 6/15/23
Enter the Tarquins | No Republic Was Ever Greater
Strange omens, plague, occult religious rites. King Tullus Hostilius' reign collapses in something like supernatural madness. The great Ancus Marcius takes over, but is finally deceived by a rich, mysterious newcomer to Rome: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. Join Jonathan and Ryan as they outline how the first of the Tarquins takes the throne after first disinheriting his own nephew, and then effectively disinheriting the sons of Ancus Marcius, whom Lucius was bound to protect.Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjRene Girard's I See Satan Fall Like Lightning: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781570753190Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana: https://amzn.to/3qgEcWNFustel de Coulanges's La Cité Antique (French): https://amzn.to/3yzATuZFustel de Coulanges's The Ancient City (English): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780648690542New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
68:00 6/1/23
Democracy Dies with Lysander, feat. Alex Petkas | Episode XLVII
Lysander is a troubling figure. As a child, he was a charity case who excelled his more affluent peers; he never cared for wealth, and yet overlooked the rapaciousness of his friends, allowing money and luxury into Sparta, corrupting it. He liberated the Greek world from the yoke of Athenian imperialism, but then installed oligarchic juntas to rule with an iron fist. He conquered Athens itself, but campaigned at a war council to spare the city from destruction. But once inside the city, he threatened the Athenians with extermination if they didn't obey him. Alex Petkas, the host of the Cost of Glory podcast, joins Jonathan and Ryan in discussing Plutarch's account of the extraordinary Lysander.Alex Petkas's Cost of Glory podcast (Lysander 1): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lysander-1-death-of-democracy/id1580153815?i=1000565510664Ancient Life Coach: https://ancientlifecoach.com/Speak Lead Retreat: https://ancientlifecoach.com/retreat/Herodotus' Histories: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400031146Isocrates' Evagoras: https://amzn.to/40NyCaPPindar's Olympian Odes: https://amzn.to/429sk6mPlutarch's Parallel Lives, including Lysander (Loeb edition): https://amzn.to/3HjDnC8Plutarch's Parallel Lives, including Lysander (Penguin edition): https://amzn.to/44amYK5University of Chicago's Penelope Parallel Lives: https://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/e/roman/texts/plutarch/lives/home.htmlEuripides' Electra: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780226035598Xenophon's Anabasis: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780307906854Andrew Roberts's Napoleon: A Life: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780143127857Sean McMeekin's Stalin's War: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781541672796Alex Petkas's Cost of Glory episode 1 on the Anabasis: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/xenophon-anabasis-i-power-highlights/id1580153815?i=1000597494893Xenophon's Hellenika: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400034765Steven Pressfield's Tides of War: https://amzn.to/3oQF9EqPaul Cartledge's Agesilaos and the Crisis of Sparta: https://amzn.to/3LDaFi3New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
82:18 5/15/23
Education that Makes Aquinas Look Modern, feat. John Peterson | Episode XLVI
In his wise and humane Didascalicon, the teacher, canon regular, and mystical theologian Hugh of St. Victor lays out his advice and instructions for teachers and students engaged in liberal study. The heir of centuries of thought in Christendom on the liberal arts, Hugh and his contemporaries were on the precipice of a revolution--the western rediscovery of Aristotle and the subsequent revolution of theology and philosophy, championed above all by Thomas Aquinas. University of Dallas professor John Peterson joins Jonathan and Ryan to discuss the Didascalicon and its role in liberal education.Classical Education Graduate Program at the University of Dallas: https://udallas.edu/braniff/academics/ma/classical_education/Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOHugh of St. Victor's Didascalicon (Latin): http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/03d/1096-1141,_Hugo_De_S_Victore,_Didascalicon,_LT.pdfHugh of St. Victor's Didascalicon (English): https://archive.org/details/didascaliconmedi00hugh/mode/2upBruce A. Kimball's The Liberal Arts Tradition: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780761851325Ryan N.S. Topping's Renewing the Mind: https://amzn.to/41xlb08W.H. Cowley's The Seven Liberal Arts Hoax: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27565196New Humanists episode on Giambattista Vico: https://podcasts.apple.com/hr/podcast/messing-up-your-kids-education-episode-xxxviii/id1570296135?i=1000591833664Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion 3.0: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781119712619John Peterson's Review of Teach Like a Champion 3.0: https://www.pdcnet.org/principia/content/principia_2022_0001_0001_0119_0123+Plato's Republic: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780465094080Augustine's Confessions: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199537822Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjJacob Klein's The Idea of Liberal Education: https://www.scribd.com/document/46831695/The-Idea-of-Liberal-Education-Jacob-KleinMartianus Capella's The Marriage of Philology and Mercury: https://amzn.to/41NZh8tNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
112:09 5/1/23
The Danger of Plato | Episode XLV
Does Plato, and philosophy more generally, belong in schools? In a lecture, professor and Davenant Institute VP Colin Redemer suggests that Plato is too dangerous to be allowed into classical schools. Jonathan and Ryan take a look at this lecture and at the response it received, focusing on esoteric writing, reason versus revelation, and the Platonic-Christian-American synthesis.The Davenant Institute's Reforming Classical Education: https://davenantinstitute.org/reforming-classical-educationAustin Hoffman's Awkward Family Dinner: A Review of Reforming Classical Education: https://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2023/02/awkward-family-dinner-a-review-of-reforming-classical-education/Colin Redemer's Revisiting Platonic Education: The Ever Shareable Feast: https://adfontesjournal.com/web-exclusives/revisiting-platonic-education-the-ever-sharable-feast/Leo Strauss's Persecution and the Art of Writing: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780226777115Plato's Theages: https://amzn.to/3UE4DRlT.S. Eliot's Second Thoughts About Humanism: https://muse.jhu.edu/document/408New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
49:57 4/15/23
Can Humanism Replace Christianity? | Episode XLIV
Irving Babbitt was the architect of New Humanism. He was also T.S. Eliot's mentor at Harvard. But in 1928, the newly Anglican Eliot's essay criticizing his old mentor's humanistic project was published, which provoked a terse, and sharp, rebuke from Babbitt. What is the relationship between traditional religion and humanistic learning? Can humanism provide society with the standards needed for democratic life? In this episode, we take a look at Babbitt's and Eliot's writings on the subject.T.S. Eliot's The Humanism of Irving Babbitt: https://muse.jhu.edu/document/374T.S. Eliot's Second Thoughts About Humanism: https://muse.jhu.edu/document/408Irving Babbitt's Democracy and Leadership: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780913966556Jay Parini's Irving Babbitt Revisited: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3856831The Davenant Institute's Reforming Classical Education: https://davenantinstitute.org/reforming-classical-educationT.S. Eliot's Little Gidding: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/history/winter/w3206/edit/tseliotlittlegidding.htmlNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
52:53 4/1/23
Wars of Ancient Religion | No Republic Was Ever Greater
The duel between the Horatii brothers and the Curiatii brothers seemed to settle the Roman-Alban dispute and give Rome authority over Alba. But wily Mettius Fufetius has a trick or two up his sleeve. Meanwhile, the one surviving Horatius brother strikes down his sister in cold blood, an incident Jacques-Louis David drew but never ended up painting. The civilized three-on-three duel now threatens to give way to an all-out war of extermination between Rome and Alba. This is the sixth episode of "No Republic Was Ever Greater," a podcast series examining the rise of the Roman Empire through the work of Livy and Machiavelli. Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjFustel de Coulanges's La Cité Antique (French): https://amzn.to/3yzATuZFustel de Coulanges's The Ancient City (English): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780648690542Jacques-Louis David's Oath of the Horatii: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_the_HoratiiNicolas Poussin's Rape of the Sabine Women: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rape_of_the_Sabine_Women#/media/File:L'Enl%C3%A8vement_des_Sabines_%E2%80%93_Nicolas_Poussin_%E2%80%93_Mus%C3%A9e_du_Louvre,_INV_7290_%E2%80%93_Q3110586.jpgArlette Clavet's Unpublished Studies for 'The Oath of the Horatii': https://www.jstor.org/stable/1552932Corneille's Horace: https://amzn.to/41zF1IyNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
57:18 3/15/23
The Roman Will to Power | No Republic Was Ever Greater
After the long peace of Numa's reign, Rome gets a new king, even more ferocious than Romulus: Tullus Hostilius. As soon as he comes to power, he begins looking for a way to start a war (while keeping a good conscience about it). This is the fifth episode of "No Republic Was Ever Greater," a podcast series examining the rise of the Roman Empire through the work of Livy and Machiavelli. Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjFustel de Coulanges's La Cité Antique (French): https://amzn.to/3yzATuZFustel de Coulanges's The Ancient City (English): https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780648690542Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780140449235J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780547928210Hesiod's Theogony: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780199538317Jacques-Louis David's Oath of the Horatii: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_the_HoratiiNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
53:48 3/1/23
Lincoln with the Bard, feat. Ted J. Richards | Episode XLI
Abraham Lincoln spent less than 1 year of his life going to school. Nevertheless, he became a lawyer, a surveyor, and one of the greatest statesmen in American history. He also carried on correspondence with one of the country's leading Shakespearean actors about the relative merits of different plays and speeches in Shakespeare's dramatic oeuvre. In no speech is the self-educated Lincoln's close attention to the Bard more in evidence than in his political comeback speech, the Peoria Address denouncing the Kansas-Nebraska Act. What do the veiled Shakespearean references in that speech reveal about Lincoln and the crisis that slavery posed to free government?Abraham Lincoln's Peoria Speech: https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/peoriaspeech.htmTed J. Richards's Lincoln and Shakespeare at Peoria: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10457097.2021.1983355?journalCode=vpps20Lewis E. Lehrman's Lincoln at Peoria: https://amzn.to/3WXKW6pLord Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography: https://amzn.to/3wXmTdwFolger Shakespeare Library's Hamlet: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780743477123Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/69379/an-essay-on-criticismHarry Jaffa's Crisis of the House Divided: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780226391182Harry Jaffa's A New Birth of Freedom: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781538114322John Channing Briggs's Lincoln's Speeches Reconsidered: https://amzn.to/3xnDyqVDiana Schaub's His Greatest Speeches: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781250763457New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
68:18 2/15/23
Numa Numa Yeah | No Republic Was Ever Greater, Ep. 4
When Romulus dies, the city of Rome is riven by ethnic conflict between Romans and Sabines, and class conflict between senators and plebeians. The city cannot agree on its next king; an interregnum ensues. The stalemate is eventually resolved in favor of Numa Pompilius, who is crowned king of Rome in a mysterious, mystical ceremony which almost seems like a human sacrifice. This is the fourth episode of "No Republic Was Ever Greater," a podcast series examining the rise of the Roman Empire through the work of Livy and Machiavelli. Livy's Ab Urbe Condita: https://amzn.to/3gYwtbhMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy: https://amzn.to/3NtNBSjRené Girard's Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780804722155Plato's Republic: https://amzn.to/3H2XOU1New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
52:36 2/1/23
Milton Against the Trivium | Episode XXXIX
John Milton's clarion call to educators to "repair the ruins of our first parents" has inspired countless teachers and parents in the classical education movement and beyond. But is Milton really the classical education ally he appears to be? In "On Education" he pays lip service to grammar, logic, and rhetoric - the three components of the Trivium - but he also disparages scholasticism, ignores metaphysics, and deplores medieval education. Join Jonathan and Ryan as they discuss Milton's education manifesto.Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnOJohn Milton's Of Education: https://milton.host.dartmouth.edu/reading_room/of_education/text.shtmlJohann Heinrich Alsted's Loci Communes: https://digitale.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/vd17/content/titleinfo/5175418Jan Comenius' Orbis Pictus: https://amzn.to/3vQb08AHans H. Ørberg's Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: https://amzn.to/3hoLz7VNew Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/Links may have referral codes, which earn us a commission at no additional cost to you. We encourage you, when possible, to use Bookshop.org for your book purchases, an online bookstore which supports local bookstores.Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
59:56 1/15/23

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