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The Most Moral of them All

Who is the Moral maker? Who writes the tales of what is good or bad? Which wise words, written before Christ, still resonate with our modern times? Surely they were from a Philosopher or a great King? How about a worldly scholar or a famed adventurer? No, the most prevalent of Ancient Greek ethics originated

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The King Midas Tempting Touch

“Be careful what you ask for”, goes the old saying. Apparently though, King Midas never heard it. Truth be told, there are a few King Midas’ in ancient history, depending on which reference you like. However, most stories relate that he was the son of Gordias and hailed from the ancient kingdom of Phrygia, somewhere

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The 10 Craziest Persons from the Ancient World

1. Socrates While the great philosopher is often remembered for his method of questioning and devotion to the laws and justice, he is also a famous example of one who ‘hears voices’. In his trial he admits to having a ‘daemon’, a heavenly voice that occasionally speaks to him and guides him along his path

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Isocrates: The Essayist

By Ben Potter In many ways Isocrates is the forgotten man of Classical Greece. As a product of Athens’ Golden Age, he was a contemporary of Plato, Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aristotle, et al,… just without their fame or everlasting glory. And it’s not that he didn’t deserve it. Indeed, a case can be made that

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Dionysus the Mild: Eater of Flesh

By Ben Potter As a figure of myth and superstition even in his own time, Dionysus could well have been dismissed by the cynical as being an unworthy interpolation into the field of true religion. However, although “he represents an enchanted world and an extraordinary experience” (Albert Henrichs), the scope of his temporal power is

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