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The Healing of Athens

Written by George Theodoridis, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Once a year Athens went to the theater to heal herself.  Once the two Persian attacks were done, once the last barbarian soldier left Plataea and Mycale, once the last Persian ship was driven out of the waters of Salamis, a burgeoning epidemic of arrogance overtook Athens.

The Truth About Roman Gladiators (and How They Live On)

Written by Jacek Czarnecki, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom  Fearless warriors battling each other to the death while providing entertainment to a blood-thirsty audience: that’s how most people envision the Roman gladiators. However, this image is shaped more by film than historical reality.  The first gladiator games took place in 264 BCE, although the origins go

How To Be an Aristotelian and a Yogi

Written by Leigh Duffy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom While yoga has exploded in popularity in the last twenty years or so, the larger system of yoga—of which the physical practice is a mere part—has been around since before the time of Aristotle. This eight-limbed (or eight-part) system of yoga, which was developed just after Aristotle’s

Apocryphal, Anecdotal and Sensational: What the ‘Apophthegms’ Tell Us About the Ancient World

Written by Steven Whitehead, Contributing Writer of Classical Wisdom and host of the Spartan History Podcast To the southwest of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, lies the small town of Pydna. It was here on June the 28th, 168 BCE, that an already-crumbling Hellenic civilization began its final decline. Under the leadership of Consul Lucius Aemilius

Becoming Boudica: How Celtic Female Warrior Culture Challenged Rome

Written by Tom G. Hamilton, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman historian Tacitus tells us that the Celts made no distinction of sex when appointing their commanders and in western Iberia. According to the Greek historian Strabo, women fought alongside men. For the Celts, a woman could not only wage war—she was also a warrior

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