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The All Seeing Greek but Overlooked God: Helios

By Alicia McDermott, Contributing writer, Ancient Origins An unpunished second-generation Titan of Greek myth, Helios was a deity who was important, but not always recognized for his powers. Until his role was usurped by a newer god, Helios was the deity of the life-giving, season-changing sun. He appeared in artwork riding his horse-drawn chariot across

Alcoholism in the Greco-Roman World

By Dale Vernor, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Binge drinking is nothing new. Gilgamesh, the semi-mythic Mesopotamian king who lived around 2,800 BC, is reported to have promised his workers “(a river of) ale, beer, and wine”,… which doesn’t exactly suggest moderation. Indeed, most practices, beliefs, and attitudes linked to alcohol use date back to the

Roman Villas in Paphos

Co-Founder Anya Leonard takes you around the Paphos archaeological park in order to check out the amazing mosaics found in the Roman villas: House of Dionysus, House of Aion, House of Theseus and House of Orpheus.

When in Rome, Be Greek

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Rome: a Mediterranean giant, known far and wide for its conquering and warfare… and its strong penchant for proudly displaying spoils all around the city. For hundreds of years Rome’s military prowess led to Triumphs, civil ceremonies and religious rites paraded through her famous streets. Rome was powerful…and

Armillary Spheres: Following Celestial Objects in the Ancient World

By Ḏḥwty, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins Astronomy is often considered to be one of the oldest branches of science. In many ancient societies, astronomical observations were used not only for the practical job of determine the rhythm of life, (e.g. the various seasons of the year, the celebration of festivals, etc.) but also for the

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