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On our hot

July bed

sweat listens to

the curtain’s undulating



profound communication

between animate and

inanimate beings


who eavesdrops

who in silence

hides his pain


taste the nectar

of my lips—you said


but leave on them no shame


“Vernal Equinox” by Manolis

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Aristotle’s Purpose of Life

Posted: 05/01/2016 by vequinox in Literature

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Aristotle’s Purpose of Life

In Book One of Aristotle’s Ethics, he considers perhaps the most vexing question that humanity confronts: What is the purpose of life? Aristotle argues that everything has a purpose or goal, and that the purpose is always to attain some good. The “Chief Good” for humanity is that purpose for which all human action is performed. Aristotle believes that the Chief Good for humans is Eudaimonia (often translated as ‘happiness’). However, Aristotle’s ‘Eudaimonia’ is not the feeling or experience most modern people associate with the word happiness. This post will describe how Aristotle concluded that the purpose of human life is to attain happiness, and also the definition of Aristotle’s Eudaimonia.

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Posted: 05/01/2016 by vequinox in Literature

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Sometimes the tedium of daily life can overwhelm us and plunge us into depression. We feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel. Is this what I really want to do with my life? Is this fulfilling? Is it all meaningless? Or perhaps we are struck by tragedy. A loved one may die, and we feel as if the world becomes a “sterile promontory.” But then an incident occurs which reminds us of the happiness and joy which we can experience in life.

“All you need is love” is more than just a great Beatles song. In your darkest moments, if you think about those you love and those who love you, then you can endure anything. That indefinable emotion, Love, is the key to happiness.

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Claudius’ Deception

Posted: 05/01/2016 by vequinox in Literature

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After discovering that his uncle Claudius killed his father, Hamlet exclaims,“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!” Shakespeare’s works often explore the theme of appearance versus reality, and the Tragedy of Hamlet is no exception. Claudius discovers just how difficult it is to conceal the truth. After all, “Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak. Augurs and understood relations have By magot pies and choughs and rooks brought forth The secret’st man of blood.”

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Το όνομά της είναι ασυνήθιστο, αλλ’ αυτό δεν το εμπόδισε ν’ αντέξει τόσους αιώνες. Τη δημιούργησε, εκείνη και τις αδερφές της, από πεντελικό μάρμαρο, ο Αλκαμένης, λένε κάποιοι, ο Καλλίμαχος κάποιοι άλλοι.

Οι έξι αδερφές γεννήθηκαν όταν φτιάχτηκε στην Ακρόπολη το σπίτι τους, ιωνικού ρυθμού, το Ερέχθειον. Αρχισε να χτίζεται το 421 π.Χ., εποχή ειρήνης για την Αθήνα, αλλά η μοίρα του ακολουθούσε τη μοίρα της πόλης. Οι εργασίες σταμάτησαν μάλλον μετά την τραγική για τους Αθηναίους σικελική εκστρατεία το 413 π.Χ. και ξανάρχισαν το 409 π.Χ., μετά τις νέες νίκες της πόλης, που αναπτέρωσαν το ηθικό της. Μάλιστα εκεί φυλασσόταν και το ξόανο της Αθηνάς, στο οποίο οι Αρρηφόροι εναπέθεταν το ύφασμα που ύφαιναν για τη γιορτή των Παναθηναίων.

Οι πέντε Κόρες, όπως τις ονόμαζαν, περνούσαν τον καιρό τους στο νότιο μπαλκόνι, την πρόστασιν. Στήριζαν την οροφή με το κεφάλι τους, πράγμα πολύ βολικό, γιατί τους επέτρεπε να…

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