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Battle of Actium (31 BC)

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The battle of Actium was one of the most important naval battles in all of history. The victory resulted in the fall of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra and the elevation of Augustus to the position of absolute ruler of the Roman Empire. Indeed, this battle determined the direction

SPQR: A Symbol of Rome

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We have all come across the abbreviation or emblem SPQR, in books, museums, and monuments. Did you ever wonder what it meant? SPQR is an abbreviation for Senātus Populusque Rōmānus. These words became a symbol of Rome and the Roman people. While they are well-known even today, very

The Birth of the Biography

By Ben Potter, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom What springs to mind when we think about literature of the Ancient World? Maybe it’s Homer’s Achilles dragging the corpse of Hector around Troy or Sophocles’ Oedipus stabbing out his polluted eyes. Perhaps it’s Plato’s Socrates holding forth or Herodotus’ Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. It even might

Do All Roads ACTUALLY Lead to Rome?

We all know the phrase “All roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like “there is more than one way to reach the same goal”. But did all roads ever really lead to the eternal city? The Power of Pavement There was a close connection between roads

The Passion of Dido

By Mary E. Naples Commissioned by none other than Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus after his decisive victory at Actium over Antony and Cleopatra, Virgil’s Aeneid is a patrilineal tale tracing the pedigree of the Italic people from the mythical, stalwart Trojan heroes. A glory to the Trojans and the Romans alike. Indeed, both the Trojan

The Quietest, Coolest, Most Pleasant Place in the World

By Anya Leonard “We passed along the coastline of Epirus To port Chaonia, where we put in, Below Buthrotum on the height… I saw before me Troy in miniature A slender copy of our massive tower, A dry brooklet named Xanthus…and I pressed My body against a Scaean Gate. Those with me Feasted their eyes