Xenophon was a soldier, historian, and philosopher of Athens. Like Plato, he wrote dialogues featuring Socrates as a great teacher. Among these dialogues is Oeconomicus, translated as The Estate Manager, in which we get an insight into the structure and principles of the ancient household, and perhaps ours too.
Virgil, a great Roman poet, is the author of The Aeneid and the lesser-known work, The Georgics. In the Divine Comedy he appears as Dante’s guide through hell and purgatory.
Augustine was one of the greatest minds and most influential writers in early Christianity. In addition to his Confessions, the landmark autobiography in which he details his conversion from vanity and sexual immorality, he wrote numerous works in defense and exposition of his late-found faith, most notably The City of God.
Josef Pieper was a German philosopher in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Many of his works have been translated into English and are still in print, including Leisure the Basis of Culture, Happiness and Contemplation, A Theory of Festivity, and The Four Cardinal Virtues, to name a few.
Aristotle, student of Plato and tutor of Alexander the Great, has been considered by many to be the greatest ancient philosopher. The Nicomachean Ethics is his major ethical work. His other works include Physics, Metaphysics, Politics, and On the Soul and Poetics.
Aleksandr Solzhentisyn was a major Russian literary figure whose works include The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. His 1978 Harvard commencement address established him as a controversial critic not only of socialism and his native homeland but also of the western ‘free’ world.
Christopher Alexander was born in Austria and was an emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, where he taught for almost forty years. He has been widely influential through his theories of architecture, and is especially known for his 1977 book, A Pattern Language.
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