The Mysteries of The Orphics
By John Mancini Of the many belief systems circulating in archaic Greece, Orphism was perhaps the most significant. The state-sanctioned
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Women in Antiquity
By Ben Potter The idea that women in antiquity were housebound is obviously ridiculous… and, paradoxically, true. That is to
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Flawless Beauty or the Beauty of Flaws
By Anya Leonard “CRACK! Smash!” The sound of your favorite vase hitting the floor. You search around for the culprit
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A Bitter Pill to Swallow
By Ben Potter This week we’re looking at a very controversial, and not-oft addressed topic in Ancient Greek and Roman
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The Holy Ass
By Ben Potter Regular readers might recall that from time to time we investigate the origins of the novel. So
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A Tradition of Thumos
1. What Is Thumos? The first thing we should point out is that there is not an exact translation for
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Life Lessons from The Oracle at Delphi
The temple of Apollo at Delphi might have very well been one of the most impressive and most holy sites
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The Bible of Ancient Greece
By Ben Potter Much time and care is taken to bring the ancients to life; to imbue modern society with
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In Nero’s Image
By Ben Potter There is (at least) one important step between the birth of western literature and the age of
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Practical panegyric poetry: an Augustan love-in
By Ben Potter It’s a story with which we are all well-familiar… that of the first emperor of the civilization
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