So I'm just going to call this a "metaphysics" page, and be done
with the question of naming it. Now, since ancient inquiries into
that which is often reflected or prompted considerations pertinent
to the fields we now call natural science, ethics, religious
studies, political thought, and epistemology, this page will also
present some material relating to these topics.
As for whether this stuff is really deep, evil, and/or
scary...read it and find out.
If you've come to this page seeking information about the MA program in Philosophy at GMU, please click here.
Long's fabulous Digital Dialogues series - thanks to
Christopher Long for organizing this; and to him, Sara Brill, and
Jill Gordon for asking wonderful questions and enduring my
Examples of Plagiarism vs. Examples of Legitimate Use of Material Written by Others
Materials on Classical Antiquity: literature, art, architecture, archaeology, history, Greek and Latin languages. Check out the on-line edition of Liddell, Scott, Jones, A Greek-English Lexicon, the atlas tools, and the large and growing selection of Greek and Latin works in both the original languages and English.
To read works by well-known Greek writers such as Homer, Hesiod, Plato, [some] Aristotle, and Pindar, click on "Collections," then "Greek and Roman materials," then scroll down to the author of your choice. Texts are available in both Greek and English. (Some of the translations may seem somewhat out-of-date, as they are largely from out-of-print editions of the Loeb Classical Library.) If you're going to use a translated text in your papers, it's better to get a fairly recent and good translation. But for quick reference, or to look up the Greek, Perseus is very handy to have.
To look up Greek words, from the main page, click on "All search options" (top right) then select "show" next to "Dictionary Entry Lookup."
What the name says: links to texts, discussion groups, software and more; usually but not always scholarly.
Home of Demos, the Suda On Line, and Diotima (below), plus several other web projects, the Stoa Consortium presents "news, projects, and links for digital classicists everywhere." Elegant, scholarly, and responsible. Check for frequent updates on issues having to do with online publishing, intellectual property, open-source collections, and more.
A rich and rigorous project on classical Athenian democracy, replete with scholarly essays, images, links to ancient texts and secondary sources, an excellent glossary of relevant Greek terms, and an ever-increasing complement of additional good things. The site is easy to use, and its many hyperlinks are well-organized and helpful. The site's own description is best: "Our goal is to build a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. We hope to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves." Truly kalon kagathon, Blackwell et al.!
The Suda On Line
One thousand years in the making! The Suda is a tenth-century CE work containing excerpts from and commentaries on ancient philosophers. It's especially important as a resource for the study of philosophers who lived before Plato.
George Mason University Department of Philosophy
Classics Page at Ad Fontes Academy
This page has won praise around the world. It contains resources in and links to all sorts of material pertaining to classical (mostly Roman) antiquity. There is an excellent on-line library of Latin texts here, along with links to discussion groups and language tutorials. Salvete, Winkler and Carey!
David Meadows' exciting classics blog: the ancient world lives! (And I do mean 'world' - all continents but Antarctica are included, since no ancient human artifacts have turned up there...yet.) There are daily updates of news and ideas relating to the ancient world, listings of television programs on ancient themes, links to images of archeological digs and art objects, meditations on applications of ancient ideas to today's world, and much more. Subscribe at this site to Meadows' free weekly e-mail newsletter Explorator, and get the latest about the ancient world every Sunday! Thaumasios!
Library of Ancient Texts Online: A wide variety of texts by ancient authors. Translation quality varies widely, and please read the site's discussion entitled "disadvantages of online editions." But if a text is not available in GMU, and you want to get an idea of whether you're going to need to order it from the Consortium Loan Service or InterLibrary Loan for your paper, this is a good way to tell.
This site is devoted to Aristotle's works and achievements. It has links to translations of his writings (including some that are hard to find online elsewhere), a glossary of Greek words, a history of his life, links to other pages on Aristotle (full disclosure: these include some of the pages from the site you are on now), and much more. Be sure to check out the page on Aristotle's Catfish, a fish at the center of thousands of years of scientific controversy!
This group creates music based on themes from ancient cultures and pre-Socratic philosophy, among other inspirations. Be sure to check out "Anaximander's Lament," available here. Kudos to the Aperion project, and thanks to Brandon Rizzo for permitting me to link to their site. Deep evil scary metaphysics takes to the airwaves (or the fiber-optic cables)!