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Can We Make Comparisons with History?

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” as Mark Twain is reputed to have said. This nifty aphorism neatly explains why there’s often a compelling urge to compare whatever we are going through with ancient examples…. For better or for worse. Wait a minute, I hear you cry… isn’t this Classical Wisdom? Your whole

Tiberius: Great Emperor or Monster?

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Tiberius( 42 BC –37 AD) was the second Roman Emperor and one of its greatest. He was also a brilliant general. Yet, he is remembered today as a gloomy tyrant who was vey cruel. Tiberius was a very complex man and to this day he is something

Why Study Latin? The Reason for Dead Languages

By Visnja Bojovic, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “Why study dead languages?” “Who needs that?” “Why don’t you learn something that you can actually communicate in?” These are the questions that every person who has studied ancient languages has been asked at least once…or a hundred times. As someone that has practiced and taught Latin for

The tainted glory of the gladiator

By Ben Potter The sun rises high over Rome’s Amphitheatrum Flavium, the mightiest arena in the world. Only the colossal statue of Nero, which one-day will lend the stadium its eternal pseudonym, dwarfs it. The 50,000 strong crowd of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, are tightly coiled; one giant organism ready