A Greek, a Jew, and a Spaniard: Three Convicted Revolutionaries Meet in Antioch
Coming Soon in 2021 by iPub Global Connection LLC
Imagine, if you will, a chance meeting between three historically significant “revolutionary teachers” on the plains of ancient Antioch, and you have this whimsical account skillfully delivered by Demetrios J. Constantelos (as translated from the Greek by Sophia Demas). Those interested in the personalities of history and what they may have thought in relation to other figures and events will find this essay both entertaining and didactic.
At such a meeting, what might these teachers say – to each other and to us? What might be revealed? Would their thoughts have any meaning today? And what might that meaning be? A Greek, A Jew and a Spaniard: Three Convicted Revolutionaries Meet in Antioch chronicles Constantelos’ creative “what if” account of this fortuitous meeting between 3 huge historical revolutionaries – Socrates of Athens, Jesus of Nazareth, and Seneca of Cordoba and Rome.
With this “stage” set in Antioch – the large cosmopolitan city at the center of major economic, social, and military activity in the ancient Middle East, Constantelos cleverly introduces us to a far-reaching dialogue between these three figures. Although separated by centuries in life, in this book, Socrates, Jesus and Seneca compare notes on their respective lives, deaths, and spiritual rebirths.
In this piece, all three are fictional travelers going different places who meet here in Antioch and what happens next reveals much about our civilization and what we find important. Socrates is bound for Jerusalem, Jesus for Athens, and Seneca as a tourist waiting for a boat to Cyprus. Who has not found themselves going somewhere but later discovering that it is not just the destination but the journey, and who and what we discover along the way, that makes all the difference? Here, questions are asked, and answers explored on many topics. As “fellow sufferers,” the three travelers speak eloquently to their teachings, teaching methods, God, people, “career” setbacks, and the spiritual life and of human frailty and reality. As Seneca notes: “if one advances ahead of one’s associates, whether it be in a profession, knowledge or original thought, he will be envied, if not loathed.”
They discover important similarities as “dangerous trail blazers” and clear differences – two were widely known in their day and after and were widely followed but wrote virtually nothing while Seneca who chronicled quite a bit but, even today, is lesser known.
This book will:
Provide a framework for the reader or seeker to examine some key life teachings from three historical figures
Entertain with a provocative “what if” meeting of distanced figures across the centuries – what they thought and why it still matters today
Validate the commonality between seemingly different cultures and people
Advocate for teachers and teaching as an important function in society
Explore individual perspectives in common thoughts and aspirations.
This book provides a compelling portrait of a commonality of thought that encompasses universal truths such as change, political and career roadblocks, perception, and teaching and learning. As a purpose or conclusion, Socrates summarizes their common mission as walking “together, hand in hand, step by step, stone by stone…building a better world…”
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