The Symposium: All you need is love… and wine
By Ben Potter The next time you attend a symposium at your local learning annex, take with you a bottleRead more.
Ancient Drunks and Winos
By Ben Potter “Quick, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say somethingRead more.
Saturnalia: The Party don’t Stop
by Anya Leonard Catullus (XIV) describes it as “the best of days.” Seneca complains that the “whole mob has letRead more.
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-sanctionedRead more.
Women in Antiquity
By Ben Potter The idea that women in antiquity were housebound is obviously ridiculous… and, paradoxically, true. That is toRead more.
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 RomanRead more.
A Tradition of Thumos
1. What Is Thumos? The first thing we should point out is that there is not an exact translation forRead more.
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 sitesRead more.
Wine in Ancient Greece
While the ancient philosophers were attempting to unearth truth through intellectual discourse, they were often doing so with a cupRead more.
The Bacchae: the Morals of Murderous Women
If I invited you to a bacchanalia what would you expect? Wine? Dancing? Sex? Of course you would. How aboutRead more.