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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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Locusta the Poisoner: Ancient Rome’s First Female Serial Killer

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient Rome was a brutal place where life was cheap. Romans accepted violence and oppression as part of everyday life, evidenced by their terrible treatment of slaves. However, in the first century AD, even they were appalled by the murders and practices of a woman known as

Hipparchia of Maroneia: Female Philosopher and Provocateur

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Many women have made an important contribution to philosophy, and one of the most famous—or indeed infamous—female philosopher is Hipparchia (fl. 300 B.C.). Married to a leading Cynic philosopher, Hipparchia greatly contributed to the development of Cynicism and helped popularize it in the Classical World.  What Were

The Sudanese Pyramids: Wonders of Ancient Africa

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We are all familiar with the pyramids of ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, but few people are aware of the pyramids built by the remarkable African people in what is now North Sudan. The Nubian pyramids are a very important part of the heritage of Africa and provide

Alexander the Great and His Mermaid Sister

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Alexander the Great is one of the most famous people that ever lived. He was a remarkable general and he changed the history of the world. Naturally, such a larger-than-life figure inspired many stories, and these morphed into myths over time. One of the most fascinating is

The History of the Jews in the Ancient World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom It is widely recognized that Jewish culture and thought has had a major impact on the world. The history of Jews in the ancient world is particularly important, especially in regards to religious development — their Monotheism was critical in the history of civilization.  Biblical sources and

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