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The Influence of Ancient Politics on Modern Political Systems

Written by Michael C. Anderson, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Most people believe ancient political systems have had a minimal effect on politics of the modern and postmodern world. The common belief is that the ancient world was largely barbarian with human rights virtually non-existent, so history from that time must be discounted. Is this a

A Short History of Voting in the Ancient World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Like so much else in the modern world, voting was invented by the Classical World. The complex system of elections that we see today in America and other nations was first developed in Greece and Rome. However, voting in the Graeco-Roman World was often very different from

Greek Inventions That Changed the World for Good

Written by Marques Coleman, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We live in a fast-paced world where new technologies emerge every day. For many of us, it’s hard to believe that some of the things (and concepts) that we use today were invented by Greeks many centuries ago. Let’s take a look at the list of top

A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Athens, 424 BCE It is daybreak on a Tuesday, and already the day is beginning to warm. As usual, you wake up at sunrise to the sound of ritual singing coming from the courtyard. Your household slave has risen early and sings to the dawn as she prepares

Solon: Great Lawmaker and First Democrat

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Solon (640-560 BC) was one of the most important men in the Classical world. He was in part responsible for setting Athens on its road to greatness. He helped to stabilize the city-state and laid the foundations for the future Athenian Empire. Most importantly of all, he

#CancelCulture: Lessons from the Ancient World (PART 2)

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Classical Wisdom for Modern Minds You remember our mandate. Here we believe classical wisdom can ring true for modern minds. The great minds of classical antiquity still have much to teach us. You need only show up to class. And if you’d like to know how this