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Should We Take Down Monuments? Damnatio Memoriae in the Modern Age…

Toppling Statues is nothing new. It’s just for the ancient world, they have a cooler term for it: Damnatio Memoriae – the damnation of memory. Okay, okay, the term wasn’t actually used by Romans (I know, I’m gutted also), but the practice was certainly employed. The Romans adopted the practice, which they deemed worse than

Emperor Commodus: Was He Really So Terrible?

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman Emperor Commodus (161-192 AD) is widely regarded as one of the ‘bad emperors’ and a bloody tyrant. This image has been perpetuated in several movies, especially the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Gladiator (2000). His reign and life were extraordinary by

Inflating an Empire

By Ben Potter Imagine a world where Europe is united under a common banner, has shared interests, open markets and… a single currency. A currency that has such an impact on the continent that it leads to mass inflation and threatens the very existence of the union itself! Imagine… it’s easy if you try. Of