Archive for November 2017

White Supremacists use Parthenon for Logo

The White Supremacist site Stormfront.org incorporates images of the Parthenon and the Pont du Gard into their site’s logos, with the legend “Every Month is White History Month.”  Read More→

Aristotle Enlisted to Justify Misogyny

A post on “neomasculine” website MattForney.com argues that we should be misogynists because famous philosophers throughout history, beginning with Aristotle and Plato, were misogynists.   Read More→

This is Not Sparta

Provoked by the University’s cancellation of a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a group of right wing demonstrators held a rally in Berkeley, CA on April 15th, 2017. The stated goal was to protest what they perceived to be the infringement of free speech, but it wasn’t hard to see something much more abhorrent fueling the event: the leader of Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group, attended, and one of the speakers espoused the theory of “white genocide.” The protesters shared with the journalist Shane Bauer anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-feminist views and accused those in the counter-protest of being “intent on the destruction of Western Civilization.” Read More→

Scholars Respond to Spartan Helmets

As Pharos documented previously, Spartan helmets were among the symbols displayed by white nationalist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and misogynisitc marchers in the April 2017 Berkeley protests. [Update: Read our response essay]

Scholars Respond

Pharos invited specialists on ancient Sparta to comment on this appropriation: Read More→

Spartan Helmets at April 2017 Berkeley Protests

As reported by Mother JonesShane Bauer and at We Hunted the Mammoth, one group of “alt right” marchers at the April, 2017 Berkeley Protests waved a flag featuring a Spartan hoplite helmet, and another protester wore a replica of one. These protesters were on the same side as the leader of white supremacist group Identity Evropa, a proponent of the theory of “white genocide,” and various individuals espousing anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-semitic, and anti-feminist views.

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