May 8, 2006
Come down to the Pireaus
Welcome to ndsmith.wordpress.com.
The Pireaus is an ancient port city near Athens that was a stronghold for the Athenian navy during the Peloponnesian Wars. It is also the setting for Plato’s Republic. In Greek history, it is the site of both real and imagined battle, discourse and exchange.
About a year ago, while engaged in a heated philosophical debate with some close friends, one of them leaned over to me and said, “we all have to go down to the Pireaus, Nathan.” I responded, “But the real question is: where is the Pireaus?”
This blog is an attempt to create an imaginary space of dialogue and diffusion of ideas: a port of exchange, a place to see the sights, a place to meet friends and enemies, and above all a place to engage our minds in the real world.