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The Caduceus: Magical Staff of Hermes

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Hermes was the messenger of the Olympian gods. Hermes, or Mercury, had a powerful staff known as the caduceus, which was considered a magical symbol of his inviolability. The staff became a very potent symbol in the ancient world. We are still familiar with it in the

The Dangerous Danaids

By Carly Silver, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins The ancient Greeks had no problem painting their mythological women as murderesses. Among the most lethal ladies were the Danaids, the fifty daughters of a king whose crimes condemned them to Sisyphean fates in the Underworld. But what was so bad about them that the Roman poet Horace