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.
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.