The Fasces of New York

While scurrying through the streets of New York I encountered a hidden array of coins used to illustrate more that just the influence of the Greek , but of the foundation of the original American ideal of government. One coin is an illustration of a Native American that portrays liberty and the other of a woman that demonstrates a republic. Together they symbolizes America’s democratic republic.

Samantha , Team Minerva

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FASCE

Our last Friday trip, I got to see fasces on the statue of George Washington right in front of federal hall. I also got to see fasces on the city bank farmers trust building. They were all around us and shows power and authority. Fizza Saeed, team Hermes

Lion at City Bank

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I found this fasces under the windows of City Bank. Fasces are a symbol of authority and power which is paired with another symbol of power and courage, the lion. I believe this fasces was put there at City Bank to show the strength and authority of City Bank.

-Alvin Zhao, Team Venus

Ram

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After visiting City Bank, only a few streets away, I discovered this ram with horns that reminded me of Alexander the Great. The ram was a part of the decoration for a building that was not historical relevant. It was only a small business. However, this decoration could be used to emphasize the power of consumers and money in New York City, which is similar to the power of Alexander the Great.

–  Rebecca Lee, Team Jupiter

Exploring Ancient Greece Through Aristotle’s Politics

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Last weekend in Manhattan, I purchased The Politics of Aristotle because even though learning about Greek mythology is very interesting, I wanted to know a little bit about their more concrete ideas and beliefs; since Aristotle was a very prominent philosopher in Ancient Greece, I thought I’d look to him. Even though I haven’t read the entire book yet, I already have a very different view on Greek society. It was shocking to realize just how oppressed women were! Before reading this book, I thought that their only limitations were not being able to participate in government and having to look after the house. However, Aristotle makes it very clear that he thinks women should be bound to their houses, which is disappointing coming from such an enlightened thinker. Aristotle also refers to slavery as “natural” and stresses separation of labor and classes. While some of Aristotle’s ideas are clearly questionable, the questions he poses are thought provoking. It makes me wonder what a perfect society would actually look like. But one thing is for sure: it wouldn’t be anything like the Greeks.

Elene T., Team Mars