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About: Kit Kennedy

Katherine Kennedy is a writer, novelist and traveller. She has an MA in Creative Writing, and is pursuing a PhD revolving around Helen of Troy. She is a passionate history student, having studied ancient and classical history for over three decades, and has enjoyed exploring many sites including Knossos, Pompeii, Rome, Phaistos, and Athens to name a few.

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The Antonine Plague

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Imagine, if you will, that it’s the year 165 AD. There are two Emperors of Rome, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, who have been ruling together for four years, and day-to-day life is good. The new emperor’s permit free speech, they’re popular with the Roman military, and

The Plague of Athens

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Throughout history, civilization has overcome natural and manmade challenges and adversities. Our histories are riddled with accounts of famines, wars, pestilences, and of course, plagues. One such instance was the Plague of Athens, and now as the Coronavirus sweeps through our cities and countries, it is perhaps

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part III

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Parthian Attacks With barely enough time to get comfortable in the Emperor’s seat, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus’ minds were turned to a ghost that haunted their predecessor. As Emperor Antoninus Pius lay dying, his mind was often consumed by the actions of foreign kings. Such worries

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part II

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom One Empire, Two Emperors Life changed drastically for Marcus Aurelius, and Rome in 161 when Antoninus Pius died, leaving Marcus effectively as the new Emperor. However, although he was granted the name Augustus and the title imperator, and was elected Pontifex Maximus, Marcus appears to have taken

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part I

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom A Man of Many Names Marcus was born on the 26th of April, in Rome, in the year 121 A.D.. He bore many different versions of his name whilst growing up; these changed as his familial status was altered first by the death of his father, then

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