On the Other Delphic Maxims

Now up at Aeon. The conclusion:

The fact that the great majority of maxims on the list can still serve us today is itself worth further reflection. There is no denying that our lives have changed a lot in the past 25 centuries. But the need to organise one’s priorities, to cultivate friendships and social bonds, to care for families, and to measure out one’s emotions – these are philosophical requirements at the foundation of a human life, and they haven’t changed. By reflecting on these maxims, and thinking through how they might change our lives, we form a kinship with those who turned to the ancient sages for guidance – and share in the human effort to live wisely.

About Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.
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1 Response to On the Other Delphic Maxims

  1. Jess M says:

    I read your piece on the Delphic Maxims and appreciate your attention to the “lesser known” Maxims as valuable insight into not only Ancient Greek life, but as a reflection on modern life as well. I’m currently working on re-translating the maxims in the context of a modern Hellenic Polytheist, but I’ve found that many, if not most, can be interpreted as valuable in a non-theistic context. If you would like to discuss the Maxims further, I’m always open to conversation.


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