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Alexander of Abonoteichus: Charlatan and False Prophet

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We think of Graeco-Roman world as a fairly rational, even secular. However, classical societies were extremely superstitious. In the ancient world, people used religion and magic to help them to cope with what, for them, could be an unpredictable and brutal world. This led to the rise

Gift Giving in the Ancient World

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom All cultures have different rituals and expectations around gift giving. Differences in the nature and complexity of gift giving varies across cultures, but most share common origin in early hunter gatherer societies where gift giving was form of social bonding, a conduit for strong tribal connections, and