About Joe Sachs

Joe Sachs taught for thirty years at St. John's College in Annapolis. St. John's College, with campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an independent, four-year college that is devoted to liberal education. Students and faculty engage directly—not through textbooks and lectures but through study and discussion—with original texts and ideas that are the foundation of Western thought. He has translated numerous works by Aristotle and Plato, including: Gorgias and Rhetoric, as well as Homer's The Odyssey.

Setting the Bar for Political Rhetoric

By |2021-05-19T12:45:20-05:00May 20th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Plato, Politics, Quotation, Rhetoric, Socrates, St. John's College|

“Socrates is setting the bar for political rhetoric very high. He is demanding not only that a politician not pander to the crowd but that he go to the opposite extreme to discipline it. And he judges the politicians of the past not by any worthwhile policies they may have pursued, but solely by whether [...]

The Origins of Dialectic

By |2021-05-19T14:23:05-05:00April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Classics, Great Books, Philosophy, Plato, Quotation, Rhetoric, St. John's College|

“A debater treats the other speaker as someone who can only be right if he himself is wrong, whom he must defeat at all costs. In a conversation, though, we generally have the decency to accept the things another person says, at least temporarily and tentatively. If we disagree, and take the matter seriously, we [...]

The Odyssey: A New Translation

By |2021-05-19T14:31:00-05:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Classics, Featured, Homer, Odyssey, St. John's College|

The Odyssey, by Homer. Translated by Joe Sachs, Paul Dry Books, 2014 An excerpt from the Introduction I have never met a translation of the Odyssey I didn’t like. There are verse translations that march in boots (Richmond Lattimore) or amble along in sensible shoes (Albert Cook), or glide (Ennis Rees) or dance (Allen Mandelbaum) or [...]

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