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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

How Well Do You Listen? Plutarch and His Letter on Listening

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Plutarch (AD46 – after AD 119) was a Platonic philosopher, essayist, biographer, magistrate, and a priest at the Temple of Apollo later in his life. Plutarch was known for his involvement in all matters of society, taking on even the humblest of tasks. However, he is best

The Phoenicians: More than Just Pirates

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Phoenicians are among the most important people in the Ancient world. According to Homer the Phoenicians were also feared as pirates, but it’s clear they were much more than that. In fact, they decisively shaped the culture and the economy of the Levant and greatly influenced the

Lagash and the Too Fertile Valley

Between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers lies a land known as Mesopotamia. It was here that men found suitable terrain, which they proceeded to pierce, rip, and seed. Once these seeds took root, civilization was born. Unlike pastoral societies that roam around looking for food, agriculturalists sought unity by teaming together, settling in one spot,