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A History of Frescos

by on November 27, 2020

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

From the halls of ancient Egypt to the streets of modern Mexico, frescos play a major role in storytelling and cultural preservation in ancient societies the world over.

Interior of the Boyana Church, Bulgaria

Frescos are one of the oldest-known forms of art in which water-based paints are applied to dry or semi-dry walls. However, the technique allows for decorative painting on other surfaces too.

There are two common types of fresco painting, buon fresco, an Italian term meaning ‘true fresh’ and fresco-secco, known as ‘dry’ fresco that is prepared using binders.

A Guide to Greek Mosaics

by on November 25, 2020

Written by Divya Gupta, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

The history of mosaics is as elaborate as the art form itself. Mosaic, in art, incorporates small stones and colored glass or pebbles that come together to express a form. Unlike inlay technique, a mosaic is not rendered according to the shape of consecutive fittings. Instead, unique pieces of stones are stuck together in an adhesive medium to bring the image together.

Mosaic work can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia, where people covered floors with stones, forming patterns. Initially, mosaics were used to decorate walls, vaults, ceilings, precious objects, and floors. Unlike other valuable belongings, people were rarely tempted to loot this type of art because it was so hard to remove.

So, even after thousands of years, mosaics remain a testament to art and history. Today, these mosaics provide valuable information about ancient times. They portray everything from people to food, animals, landscapes, sporting activities, agricultural techniques, pagan gods, and more.

10 Movies That Cater To Greek Mythology Fans

by on November 24, 2020

Written by Kristin Herman, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdo

Greek mythology has fascinated audiences for over two millennia, and numerous movies have been inspired by these ancient stories. Here are 10 great movies that you can watch right now to get into the spirit of Greek mythology!

Yorgos Tzavellas’s Antigone, 1961

1. Antigone (1961)

“Based on the tragic play by Sophocles, Antigone tells the story of two brothers – the two sons of the late King Oedipus, fighting for the throne of the Seven-tailed Thebes, and dying from the fight,” according to Bailey Gipps, a business writer at Australian help and Elite assignment help. “When the new King Creon refuses to properly bury one of the brothers, the story’s heroine, Antigone, defies him and tries to bury the other brother herself.”

What Makes a Good Friend?

by on November 23, 2020

It’s that time of year again… the holiday season is upon us and we get the opportunity to really think of our friends and family. Historically it’s a time to come together, to reinforce those bonds with gifts and toasts and sometimes too much wine.
And, if we are lucky, we actually like those people and if we don’t… well, it’s a little trickier.
Of course this year, things may be quite a bit different depending on where in the world you are. Here in South America, we are getting a bit of summer break from never ending pandemic, but I imagine for many of you reading this, the situation is less optimistic.
Instead of clinking glasses, you might be clicking zoom invites. The continuous rotation of holiday parties has been contracted to a few small gatherings or replaced with familiar faces Brady Bunch boxes.

Crown of the Northern Skies: Corona Borealis

by on November 20, 2020

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

In Eastern traditions, this constellation is called, rather humbly, the Broken Bowl. It was the ancient Greeks that imbued it with starry mythos and royalty.

The Corona Borealis rises with Scorpion and sets at the rise of the Crab and Lion. It has nine stars in total and only three of them are considered bright, yet it is visible in the Northern Hemisphere during the evenings of late spring and early summer.

One of these stars, known as the Blaze Star, is unpredictable and flares aggressively between magnitudes. It sits between several of the human figures in the sky; the Kneeler, Boötes and Ophiuchus.

Aristotle and the chatbot

by on November 19, 2020

Written by Justin Osborne, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

Whenever you surf the Internet, you‘re likely to bump into chatbots powered by artificial intelligence (AI). They serve all sorts of purposes: to provide website guidance, pinpoint products, answer your questions, and much more.

Chatbots are reportedly capable of answering 80% of standard questions. Research shows that nearly 70% of consumers prefer to use chatbots because they allow them to communicate quickly with a brand or company. Finally, 90% of companies report faster complaint resolution with chatbots.

But did you know that we probably wouldn’t even have chatbots were it not for Aristotle?