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About: Danielle Alexander

Danielle has recently completed her Ancient Civilisations degree, with her research focusing on prehistoric Anatolia and cultural transmission of mythic themes. Now, she is undertaking a Masters degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. She has had a love for the ancient, and prehistorical world, specifically mythology, from a very young age. Her determination to continue her education, diving into the intricacy of mythology, is peaked by the goal for teaching myth and its web of interdisciplinary connections to bring humanity and accessibility into academia. Watch this space.

Recent Posts by Danielle Alexander

A Biography of Lapis Lazuli: A journey through the Bronze Age

by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The immense trade routes of the ancient world allowed for substantial amounts of wealth, knowledge, innovations and mythological tales to traverse vast distances. Cultures often adopted items and ideas from far-away lands and repurposed them for their own needs. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was a highly sought-after

How Authentic is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?

by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom One of the first fictional universes that inspired my obsession with Greek mythology was the child/young adult series titled Percy Jackson, authored by Rick Riordan. Set in modern North America, the series follows troubled Percy as he is thrown into the turbulent world of Greek gods, heroes, and

The Mysterious Phaistos Disk

by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Amongst the impressive architecture and mesmerising frescoes left behind by the Minoans on the island of Crete, there is one particularly puzzling artefact. For over a century, scholars have debated on the origin, function and translation of the Phaistos Disk, which was found by the Italian archaeologist Luigi

Serpent in the Stars: Draco

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are certain mythical creatures that seem to exist in most cultures, and the dragon is one of them. The Greeks were no different and immortalized a serpentine shape in their sky situated between the two Bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor). Dragon to Snake: What happened

Crown of the Northern Skies: Corona Borealis

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

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