1. What thoughts and feelings was the Parthenon intended to evoke?
2. What was the choice of Achilles?
3. What was the Axial Age?
4. What does it mean to say that your arete lacks kleos?
5. What is Plato's argument in the myth of the Ring of Gyges?
6. What "sets the bar" for the ideal of the "Renaissance man"?
7. What does it mean to be "autochthonous"?
8. What useful distinction does Goldstein borrow from Hans Reichenbach?
- Have you visited the Parthenon (either in Athens or in Nashville)? What did you think?
- Should we have better architecture?
- Would you prefer to live a long and ordinary life or a short and extraordinary one? Is this a false dilemma? Do celebrities in our time live extraordinary lives, or just notorious ones?
- Do you agree that Socrates' "radical revision" is "heinous"? 126
- Do you think about the time after your death as unreal? Why or why not? 128
- Do you personally "oscillate" between the Greek and Hebrew approaches to "mattering," or do you side strictly with one or the other? Why?
- Can you live a distinguished, virtuous and an unsung and humble life?
- What would or should you do with the power of invisibility?
- If you knew you could always get away with lying, stealing, cheating etc., would you? Would it bother you to know that you were an inveterate liar, theif, cheater...?
- What motivates you to do your best, to live up to your potential? Do you pursue a Platonic ideal of excellence? Do you try to achieve constant improvement and a new "personal best"? Do you try to measure up to your own standards? Or do you only work for external rewards?
- Is "exceptionalism" - Athenian, American, whatever - ever warranted?
- Are cultures that pride themselves on being "sprung from the earth" they occupy more likely to be hostile to other cultures and to immigrants? Are they more likely to respect indigenous peoples?
- What do you think of the "nihilism of the bilious Thrasymachus"? Or of Ayn Rand? 154-5
- Who can you think of in our society who "by virtue of their personal advantages, wear a kind of Ring of Gyges" and get away with things the rest of us don't? 156
- What do you think of Americans (or other nationals) who have a Glaucon-like "presumption" and "complacency" about being "great" (or "great again")? 159