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The Myth of Tantalus: Crime and Punishment

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom He was one of the first generation of mortals, and his offense against the Olympian Gods led to him suffering a gruesome and terrible eternal punishment. It was because of his crimes that the famous House of Atreus was cursed, whose tragedies were the themes of works by

A Biography of Lapis Lazuli: A journey through the Bronze Age

by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The immense trade routes of the ancient world allowed for substantial amounts of wealth, knowledge, innovations and mythological tales to traverse vast distances. Cultures often adopted items and ideas from far-away lands and repurposed them for their own needs. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was a highly sought-after

How Authentic is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?

by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom One of the first fictional universes that inspired my obsession with Greek mythology was the child/young adult series titled Percy Jackson, authored by Rick Riordan. Set in modern North America, the series follows troubled Percy as he is thrown into the turbulent world of Greek gods, heroes, and

Morality and Religion in Ancient Rome

by Brendan Heard, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman world was a pagan society with a very strong moral code – but what can be hard for people to understand is that, while moral, that code was very different from our own. Religion was everywhere and part of everything Romans did. Religion’s role was to

Janus – Roman God of Time and Transitions

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We all know January is the first month of the year. Many may even know the month is named after the Roman god Janus. Yet what do we know about this mysterious, two-headed figure? Janus was the god of entrances, thresholds, and transition. Yet unlike many other Roman

Ambrosia and Nectar: the Food and Drink of the Gods

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Many mythologies have stories about divine food. In Greek myth, the mysterious foodstuffs of ambrosia and nectar were the food of the gods; they also played a deeper, more crucial role in the lives of the Olympians. They were much more than simple fodder for divine dinners… Ambrosia