- Prometheus is about a god that gave power from the 'gods' and gave it to people.
- Herodotus wrote about the Persians attempt to seize Greece.
- Thucydides wrote about the problems of balance of power and subsequent war in Greece.
- Plato wrote about legitimate forms of government.
- So did Aristotle.
- Tacitus wrote about the power struggles of 1st century Rome. And it wasn't pretty.
- Aquinas wrote about the law and whether it is good or not.
- Shakespeare's Macbeth is a story about maniacal will to power.
- Milton's Paradise Lost is, in part, a story of how Satan refused to be ruled.
- Mill argued that representative government is the best form of all.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Reflections on Year Three
For the readings of year one, I thought that the theme was 'challenge', as in the writers of the Great Books constantly challenged the way things were done. Year two didn't have as clean a theme, I guess, though maybe it had a series of themes. Year three? It had quite a bit to do with power. How power is granted, how it is seized and what the proper forms of government are.