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Five Surprisingly Ancient Inventions from Greece and Rome

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Robots, computers, showers and vending machines? Believe it or not, this article does indeed belong on Classical Wisdom instead of a publication like Modern Magazine! Here’s why… Ever since the world’s first known analogue computer – the famous Antikythera mechanism – emerged from an ancient Greek shipwreck in 1901,

The Eagle, or Aquila, Constellation

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Zeus features heavily in a lot of starlore, and the Eagle constellation is no exception.  The predominantly accepted mythos for this constellation is the abduction of Ganymede. Zeus had facilitated the kidnapping, fancying the beautiful mortal boy as his personal cup-bearer. In the constellation, which is situated

Aristarchus of Samos: Prophet of Astronomy

In a recent article, I mentioned Galileo and his idea of heliocentrism. Heliocentrism is the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun. It is opposed to the geocentric idea which claims that the Sun and other planets revolve around the Earth. Galileo posed heliocentrism in the 17th century, and shortly after doing so, his

Armillary Spheres: Following Celestial Objects in the Ancient World

By Ḏḥwty, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins Astronomy is often considered to be one of the oldest branches of science. In many ancient societies, astronomical observations were used not only for the practical job of determine the rhythm of life, (e.g. the various seasons of the year, the celebration of festivals, etc.) but also for the