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Roman Pantheon: A Gigantic Sundial?

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Romans were great builders and are still revered as great engineers. One of the greatest buildings they constructed was the Pantheon. A new theory argues that the building was designed to act as a sundial during the Spring Equinox, which falls between March 19 and 21.

Serpent in the Stars: Draco

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are certain mythical creatures that seem to exist in most cultures, and the dragon is one of them. The Greeks were no different and immortalized a serpentine shape in their sky situated between the two Bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor). Dragon to Snake: What happened

Serpents in the Stars: The Hydra Constellation

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In modern astronomy, this constellation is often divided into two or four parts. One is a female water snake called Hydra, the other, Hydrus. A smaller constellation located in the southern hemisphere, Hydrus is considered the male counterpart of this giant, sprawling star serpent. At twenty-seven stars,

Crown of the Northern Skies: Corona Borealis

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In Eastern traditions, this constellation is called, rather humbly, the Broken Bowl. It was the ancient Greeks that imbued it with starry mythos and royalty. The Corona Borealis rises with Scorpion and sets at the rise of the Crab and Lion. It has nine stars in total

Everyone knows about the seahorse, but what about the star horse?

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The horse features relatively heavily in Greek mythology, with Hesiod referring to a horse during his invocation to the Heliconian Muses at the start of his Theogony. Thus it comes as no surprise that the ancients, who placed their greatest stories and symbols in the night sky,

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,