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Edward Whelan attended the University of Maynooth 2003-2008 and studied history and classical studies. He obtained a BA from Maynooth and was admitted to the History Ph.D. program. He graduated with a PhD in history in 2008. Between 2010-2012 he worked in the Limerick City Archives. A published author he has also written many journal articles. Edward is a full-time freelance writer and researcher and live in, County Clare, Ireland.

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Pre-Socratic Atomists: Pioneers of Modern Science

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The pre-Socratic Atomists were a group of ancient thinkers who proposed a materialistic theory of the cosmos. Among the first to propose a mechanistic view of the universe, the Atomists argued that the world was composed of atoms. Their work was crucial in the development of ancient

Psyche and Cupid: Mythology’s Greatest Love Story

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are many beautiful myths from Classical civilization. One of the most beautiful of all is that of Psyche and Cupid. Unlike most ancient legends, it is a romantic tale and has a happy ending. This myth has been enormously influential, and it has helped to shape

Hellenistic Greece: When the Greeks Ruled the World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The ancient Greek world reached its apex in the Hellenistic era (323-146 BC). Dating from the death of Alexander to the rise of Rome, the period marked the decline of the city-state, the rise of empires, and great achievements in science, art and philosophy. The Early Years of

Archaic Age Greece: Foundation of Classical Civilization

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We are all familiar with the achievements of Classical Greece. The era produced great art, philosophies, and political systems that still influence us to this day. However, the Classical period was born out of the Archaic period, dating from the 8th century BC until the second Persian

Cimon of Athens: Terror of the Persians and Great Statesman

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Athens produced many outstanding individuals, and one of the most remarkable was Cimon. A leading political and military figures of his day, Cimon left an indelible mark on Athens and Greece. Cimon’s Early Career Cimon (510-451 BC) was the son of the great Athenian general Miltiades, who

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