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Ancient Drunks and Winos

By Ben Potter “Quick, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever”. In one witty aside the Athenian comedian, Aristophanes, has embodied the modern feeling towards the Greeks and the grape. To us, it seems like a beautiful partnership that helped build the foundations of our

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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 the idea that they were just like us in all their goodness and evil, their intoxication and sobriety, their love and lust, as well as their hate and chastity. To downplay this would be both

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Burn Ivory, Melt Wax… Just like the Ancient Artists

by Victoria Papale The 5th century BC Greece was a time of change. The region was becoming more unified with the development of city states and the new democratic government in Athens was taking hold. Art, as well, evolved, mirroring these progressions. The techniques and imagery of Greek painting began to advance, as the profiled,

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Sparta

Athens and Sparta are often considered two of the most, if not the most, influential of the ancient Greek civilization; their progress in philosophy, literature and warfare would come to shape much of our idea of ancient Greece. There is no doubt that these civilizations were very influential.  However, it could be argued that they

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Pythagoras and the Revolution of Mathematics

While Pythagoras has become known as one of the first revolutionaries in the field of philosophy and mathematics, surprisingly little is known about him, as he kept no writings of his own. All that we have learned about Pythagoras and his teachings has come to us indirectly through the writings of others. What we do

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Classical Wisdom Standoff: Heraclitus vs. Parmenides (part 3)

Today we present the final addition to Heraclitus vs. Parmenides. Previous articles have explored the nature of metaphysics. Both philosophers concluded that the universe could be broken down into one fundamental thing. They presented radically different ideas about what that thing was, however. If you have not already, then read part one and two before

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