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10 Ancient Lessons for Modern Society

by on September 25, 2020

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

1. Community is Crucial

Loneliness is at record levels in the modern world. Due to technology, face-to-face socialization has steadily declined over the past 20 years.

Loneliness was not likely a problem in ancient societies. Families rarely left their home village and there were no smartphones. Studies have revealed drops in IQ and rises in early death for individuals that  socially isolate.

Can Stoicism Offer a Practical Guide on How to Live Now?

by on September 24, 2020

Can Ancient Philosophy provide real life solutions in our Modern times?
One of the keynote speakers to Classical Wisdom’s inaugural Online Symposium, the brilliant philosopher, prominent Stoic and hugely popular author, Massimo Pigliucci, says Yes.
(For those who aren’t already familiar with Professor Pigliucci – he is quite the polymath! Born in Liberia, Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York and author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy and his research interests include the philosophy of science and the practical philosophy of Stoicism.)

The 6 Ancient Greek and Roman Classics Everyone Should Read

by on September 24, 2020

Written by Nicole Garrison, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

The Hellenes and Romans sure knew how to create and appreciate exceptional literature. So for all of you who are contemplating whether you should add some classics to your reading list, trust me, you should!

In the times of the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire, literature was a prime source of entertainment. It was also used to explore new ways of thinking and philosophical expression. Just as we spend our idle days browsing the internet and checking our social media for new posts, they spent their days discussing philosophy, attending the theatre, and crafting works of art.

Thanks to the way they used of leisure time, we are now lucky enough to have all those masterpieces that give us a glimpse into the life, thoughts, feelings, and philosophical reflections of the ancient world.

The Eagle, or Aquila, Constellation

by on September 23, 2020

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

Zeus features heavily in a lot of starlore, and the Eagle constellation is no exception.  The predominantly accepted mythos for this constellation is the abduction of Ganymede. Zeus had facilitated the kidnapping, fancying the beautiful mortal boy as his personal cup-bearer.

In the constellation, which is situated south of Cygnus on the equator, making it visible from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, poor Ganymede can be seen hanging from the claws of the eagle as he is swiftly taken to the heavens.

The constellation appears alongside several other bird constellations. The Eagle’s wings are spread, giving it the appearance of gliding through the stars. As Hyginus states, the beak is separated from the body by a milky circle. It was also said to set “at the rising of the Lion and rises with Capricorn”. (Hyginus, Astronomy, 3.15)

Do We Need Human Rights?

by on September 21, 2020

I hate to say it’s all relative – but it seems to be the case when it comes to COVID. You see, depending on where you live, your experience of this pandemic has been completely different… from the government response… to your ability to move about… to the scale and fear of the daily numbers.
Here in Argentina, for instance, we had one of the longest lockdowns in the world, with police not letting anyone leave their houses for months. Children were not allowed outside for even short walks – no schools, no parks, no playgrounds. Masks are mandatory everywhere (and are actually worn). We also have over 12,000 new cases a day.
The restaurants and parks (but still no playgrounds or childcare) finally opened about three weeks ago and…the numbers are finally going down in the capital!
Your experience was probably not like that… but it probably hasn’t been like many of our family members’ in Australia either.

Tarquin, Last King of Rome and Bloody Tyrant

by on September 18, 2020

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom

The Roman Republic was moulded rather decisively by the fall of the monarchy. The Republic was designed to prevent the re-emergence of rule by a single person. Rome’s last monarch was Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (died 495 BC). His tyranny provoked a rebellion, and this was to lead to the Republic which was to change the history of the Classical World.  
The early life of the tyrant
Superbus was related to Tarquinius Priscus and son-in-law of the previous Etruscan king Servius Tullius. He was a member of the Tarquin Dynasty. His grandfather Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, had been an Etruscan by birth and had been adopted by the fourth Roman king. He later became his heir and ruled Rome for many years.