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The Banishment of Julia Augusti (PART 2)

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Because the mere hint of sovereignty had dispatched his dear Uncle Julius into the hereafter, he never called himself emperor, preferring to use the term Princeps, or first citizen, instead. Regardless of his title, a de facto monarchy is what his regime—the principate—would become. But like all

The Banishment of Julia Augusti (PART 1)

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “I would certainly not describe as mercy, what was actually the exhaustion of cruelty.” ~ Seneca, On Mercy (referring to the deified Augustus) “Let her be banished for life,” Augustus is recorded as saying about the harsh exile of his only biological child, Julia, to the barren and windswept

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

5 Women Who Changed Antiquity

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented in the historical record. Biographical information, even about some of the most prominent women like Cleopatra, is often gleamed from tangential accounts focused on male counterparts. Of course this doesn’t mean that women did not making massive contributions to arts,

Women in Antiquity

By Ben Potter The idea that women in antiquity were housebound is obviously ridiculous… and, paradoxically, true. That is to say, the ‘ideal’, in ancient Athens certainly, is that a woman should be neither seen nor heard, but pervade an aura of feminine invisibility. For example, Pericles (reported by Thucydides) addressed the women of Athens