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The Mysterious Eleusinian Mysteries: Part 1

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Conjuring up mystical images of secret initiation rites held under cover of darkness, the Eleusinian Mysteries were reputedly a dark and dangerous festival. In fact, the rituals were surrounded by such an aura of deadly secrecy that the tragedian Aeschylus was nearly killed on stage just for referencing

Women’s Rights in Ancient Greece

Written by Angela J. Bryant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The issue of women’s rights is often considered unique to the modern era. However, it has been an issue as far back as Ancient Greece. Ancient Greece: Limited Rights Abound Perhaps unsurprisingly, women had few rights compared with men back in Ancient Greece. They weren’t able

Ephesia Grammata: Magical Words in the Greek World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Classical World is often seen as an age of reason and philosophy. In reality, the vast majority of people were very superstitious and belief in magic was very common. Spells, magical formulas, and incantations were popular and widely used. Some of the best known magical formulas

The Healing of Athens

Written by George Theodoridis, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Once a year Athens went to the theater to heal herself.  Once the two Persian attacks were done, once the last barbarian soldier left Plataea and Mycale, once the last Persian ship was driven out of the waters of Salamis, a burgeoning epidemic of arrogance overtook Athens.

Apocryphal, Anecdotal and Sensational: What the ‘Apophthegms’ Tell Us About the Ancient World

Written by Steven Whitehead, Contributing Writer of Classical Wisdom and host of the Spartan History Podcast To the southwest of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, lies the small town of Pydna. It was here on June the 28th, 168 BCE, that an already-crumbling Hellenic civilization began its final decline. Under the leadership of Consul Lucius Aemilius

Volcanoes in the Ancient World: Cataclysm and Change

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Volcanic eruptions have had a devastating impact on pre-industrial societies such as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Volcanoes have in fact changed history. Some of the most important eruptions in the history of the Classical world are discussed below. Theran Eruption and the End of Minoan Civilization