Jeff Black

Ep. 47 The Education of Cyrus, Book VI

Brian, Shilo and Jeff get together to talk more about the difference between sexual and political love, or eros, and about the connection between eros and gratitude.  We end on another cliffhanger, as Cyrus’ army, complete with siege engines, is about to attack the Assyrian host.  And Jeff admits to a crackpot theory about the connection between love, chariots, and… Plato?

Ep. 46 The Education of Cyrus, Book V

Shilo Brooks returns for the next podcast in our series on Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus.  We talk about Book V, the love book — easy now — and especially about the differences between sexual and political love.  Cyrus’ special friend returns, as does his boyfriend, and the Susan woman.  And the book ends with another kiss!  We also learn the secret of when Cyrus, and Xenophon, use names.