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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

Melissus of Samos: Philosopher and Admiral

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Too often, students of philosophy are only aware of the great names in ancient Greek philosophy. There are many lesser-known philosophers who developed remarkable arguments that are still relevant today. One of these is the somewhat mysterious figure of Melissus of Samos. Not only was he a

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

Hellenistic Greece: When the Greeks Ruled the World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The ancient Greek world reached its apex in the Hellenistic era (323-146 BC). Dating from the death of Alexander to the rise of Rome, the period marked the decline of the city-state, the rise of empires, and great achievements in science, art and philosophy. The Early Years of

Archaic Age Greece: Foundation of Classical Civilization

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We are all familiar with the achievements of Classical Greece. The era produced great art, philosophies, and political systems that still influence us to this day. However, the Classical period was born out of the Archaic period, dating from the 8th century BC until the second Persian

Cimon of Athens: Terror of the Persians and Great Statesman

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Athens produced many outstanding individuals, and one of the most remarkable was Cimon. A leading political and military figures of his day, Cimon left an indelible mark on Athens and Greece. Cimon’s Early Career Cimon (510-451 BC) was the son of the great Athenian general Miltiades, who