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Aristophanes: Utopia and Human Nature

Written by Visnja Bojovic, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ever since there were people and places, there has been a desire for other, different people, and ideal, perfect places. This concept is called utopia, a word that has its origin in ancient Greek, as a compound of the word οὐ (ou, ”not”) and τόπος (topos, ”place”).

Not Your Virgil’s Sinon: The Greeks and the Man Who Tricked the Trojans

Written by Cynthia C. Polsley, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom And I said to him: ‘Who are those two poor sinners who give off smoke like wet hands in the winter and lie so close to you upon the right?’ ‘I found them here,’ he answered, ‘when I rained down to this rocky slope; they’ve not

Ovid’s Metamorphoses: How Love Transforms

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom If there is one literary work that has inspired a legacy of artists, poets, and creators, it’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Comprising 250 myths and over nearly 1200 lines of poetry, it makes up an impressive 15 books of life-defining narration. Ovid’s work doesn’t just offer a creation myth,

Polyphemus: Two faces of a Cyclops

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Polyphemus is best known as the Cyclops that Odysseus and his men encountered on their return from the Trojan War. But, is there another side to this man-eating giant? And what happened to him after Odysseus sailed away? The legend is born Polyphemus was one of the

History of Mount Olympus

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Mount Olympus, located in the Olympus range in the North of Greece, is one of the highest mountains in all of Europe. Today the mountain is in a National Park but once this snow-topped mountain was seen as the home of the all-powerful Greek Gods. What Is Mount

Power and Fate: The Aristocrats in the Iliad

By Rodrigo Ferreyra, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We are all familiar with Homer’s Iliad. We know about the Trojan War, the romance between Paris and Helen and the mighty Olympian gods. Most of all, we know the heroes. Whether it is Achilles, Odysseus or Ajax, they all possess outstanding characteristics such as bravery, physical skill,