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Telling Tall Tales: The Wanderings of Odysseus

Written by Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The most well-known episodes in Homer’s Odyssey are the adventures described in Books 9-12. Full of one-eyed giants, amorous goddesses and narrow escapes, they are considered the most memorable and thus most likely to be included in collections of excerpts. They have received so much attention

The Undermined Valentine

Written by Nickolas Pappas, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There’s a story about love in Plato’s Symposium that captures the feeling of romantic love superbly, like a Valentine to everyone who’s ever had that experience. This may be why the story is one of those pieces from a Platonic dialogue (like the Atlantis legend) that people

The Vanishing Vulva: How the Ancient Greeks Wrote Women Out of Worship

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient female fertility symbols were scattered everywhere in the ancient world, from ancient goddesses such as Kali to the blue-skinned Hindu goddess of destruction to Izanami-no-Mikoto, the Japanese goddess of death and creation, to Tiamat, the Babylonian goddess of the ocean, chaos and creation. Some of the

Flowers and Plants in Greek Mythology

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom When Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld, her mother Demeter was stricken with grief. Demeter was the goddess of the harvest and fertile soil. She was filled with such sorrow at her daughter’s abduction that she deprived the Earth of all of her

What Newly-Found 2,000-Year-Old Celtic Coins Tell Us About Boudica

Written by Tom G. Hamilton, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom As of this writing, news of the largest hoard of early Roman-era Celtic gold coins ever found— unearthed by a bird-watcher in Britain—are making headlines. The coins are reported to be Boudica-era gold “stater” Iceni coins. There is an understandable excitement all across the land, the

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