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Alexander the Great continued – Aristotle

Aristotle is one of the “big three” in ancient Greek philosophy along with Plato and Socrates. Socrates tought Plato who in turn instructed Aristotle, who eventually became the teacher of the famous pupil Alexander the Great of Macedon.

Aristotle (Greek Aristoteles) was born at 384 BC at Stragira Mecedon. He was a Greek philosopher and polymath – his writings cover many subjects including metaphysics, physics,  poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates, Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. His writings were the first to create a comprehensive system  of Western philosophy encompassing morality, and aesthetics, logic, and science, politics and metaphysics.

Aristotle was invited by Philip II of Macedon to become the tutor to his son Alexander the Great in 343 BC. He was appointed as the head of the royal academy of Macedon – during that time he gave lessons not only to Alexander, but also to two other future kings of Macedon: Ptolemy and Cassander.

In his  Politics, Aristotle  states that only one thing could justify monarchy, and that was if the virtue of the king and his family were greater than the virtue of the rest of the citizens put together. Aristotle wrote many dialogues, but, only fragments have survived. Some of the most important works that survived are, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, De Anima (On the Soul) and Politics. He not only studied almost every subject possible at the time, but made significant contributions to most of them. In physical science, Aristotle studied anatomy, astronomy, embryology, geography, geology, meteorology, physics and zoology. In philosophy, he wrote on aesthetics, ethics, government, metaphysics, politics, economics, philosophy, rhetoric and theology. He also studied education, foreign customs, literature and poetry. His combined works constitute a virtual encyclopedia of Greek knowledge.

It has been suggested that Aristotle was probably the last person to know everything there was to be known in his own time.

Here are some of Aristotle’s most famous quotes:

We are what we repeatedly do.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Law is mind without reason.

We make war so we can live in peace.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

All human actions have one or more or these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire.

We must as second best…take the least of the evils.

A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.

The gods too are fond of a joke.

Hope is a waking dream.

Well begun is half done.

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

They should rule who are able to rule best.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

All men by nature desire knowledge.

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have use it.

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.

One swallow does not make a summer.

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

Nature does nothing uselessly.

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.

To perceive is to suffer.

Misfortune shows  those who are not really friends.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way…you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

Dignity consists not in possessing honor, but in the consciousness  that we deserve them.

Aristotle inspired and encouraged Alexander the Great toward eastern conquest, and his attitude towards Persia was unabashedly ethnocentric. In one famous example, he counsels Alexander to be a leader to the Greeks and a despot to the barbarians, to look after the former as after friends and relatives, and to deal with the latter as with beasts and plants.  Alexander’s reply was his famous quote:

I am not interested in the descendance of the citizens or their racial origins. I classify them using one criterion: their virtue. For me every virtuous  foreigner is a Greek and every evil Greek worse than a barbarian.

How Great was Alexander the Great!

Near the end of Alexander’s life, Alexander began to suspect plots against himself, and threatened Aristotle in letters. Aristotle had made no secret of his contempt for Alexander’s pretense of divinity, and the king had executed Aristotle’s grandnephew Callisthenes as a traitor. A widespread tradition in antiquity suspected Aristotle of playing a role in Alexander’s death, but there is little evidence for this.

Aristotle’s contribution to us is priceless…and Alexander’s achievements were enchanced and fueled by his great teachings and wisdom. Knowledge is power!

I rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.                      Alexander the Great King of Macedon

Image above. Alexander the Great

I will be back with more details about the Alexander the Great Charity I am trying to create whose objective is to enhance education to everyone especially young men and women.

xoxoS

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Spring ’12 ready-to-wear Milan VERSACE

Once upon a time, in Milan, on the catwalk for Spring ’12 there were the Versace fashion “sea goddesses.”

The entire fashion world was waiting with anticipation to see how these “sea goddesses” were dressed. When they appeared they looked beautiful!

See for yourself:

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 Images above and below. Versace Spring ’12 Collection

After the show, they all went to the seashore and lived happily ever after!

So many memories from my Versace days came back! I will be back with more  fairy tales very soon.

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Note: A new charity is in the works about Classical Education for children and young adults GLOBALLY. I will update you soon! Contact me here for details. [Please see post titled From Aristotle to Alexander a new charity is born.] I am certain that my ex-boss, Mr. Gianni Versace, would have approved with my initiative about creating this charity as I know he loved history and he was inspired [as we all know]. My eight years working with the Versace company and having the privilege to work directly under Mr. Versace at his 5th Avenue Flagship, were such a powerful inspiration! I have the most amazing memories and I value my experience at the Versace company greatly. I am humbled actually that I was part of the “original” Versace fairy tale and I am absolutely certain that my years spend there were the foundation of what I am doing today with my jewelry collection Susanna Galanis Inspired by History and my new charity  Alexander the Great Foundation that I am trying to create.

I wish Mr. Versace’s successors all the best!

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London spring ’12 ready-to-wear collections – Giles,Temperley London and more…

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Still in “London Fashion” mode.

Giles, Temperley London, Roksandra Ilincic and Todd Lynn. Fairytales do continue to come true on the fashion stages of London.

Please take a look:

 

Images 1,2 & 3 Giles

 

Image. Temperley London

 

Image. Roksandra Ilincic

 

Last 2 images. Todd Lynn

 

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London – Burberry Collection spring ’12 ready-to-wear

And now the fun officially began in the fashion ready-to-wear “Collections World” with my favorite obession -BURBERRY!

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This is “my” collection. It has been for years!

Here is what has been shown today:

BURBERRY:

Image 1,2 and 3 all Burberry – Spring ’12 ready-to-wear collection

Coming Soon – Please Join my new charity to support CLASSICAL EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS  GLOBALLY. I will update you as I can…this is just beginning…its in the works (see earlier post for more details).

I will be with soon soon…xoxoS

 

 

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From Aristotle to Alexander the Great – a new charity is born!

The latest news I want to share with you is the formation of a new charity:

ALEXANDER THE GREAT Foundation

A GLOBAL charity to help children and young adults through the introduction and education in the fields of: CLASSICAL EDUCATION -ancient Greek wisdom and teachings, philosophy, physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, arts, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, mathematics, medicine, biology, zoology, nature, athletics…and anything else that will enhance thought, mental and physical endurance, wellness and develop the power of the mind.

“Nothing is impossible to him who will try” This was Alexander the Great’s [my famous ancestor and most important force in my own life] philosophy, but, he was tought that – by Aristotle. Why can’t contemporary children get the same influence and the same education? Why can’t they attain the same glory, and success like Alexander Great? Anything is possible he kept on saying that. THIS IS A FACT!

I would like this charity to enhance, support, influence and encourage the young generation [like I was] as I believe that history is always repeating and there are so many young people who have so much to generate and contribute if they are given a chance by having the right influences and education.  And here I am — developing this foundation with all this in mind — my biggest desire is to create the “next Alexander. ” 

P.S. I will be updating you on all the upcoming news regarding this charity and providing you with contact information. If you need to reach me you can do so through this post.

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