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Alexander of Abonoteichus: Charlatan and False Prophet

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We think of Graeco-Roman world as a fairly rational, even secular. However, classical societies were extremely superstitious. In the ancient world, people used religion and magic to help them to cope with what, for them, could be an unpredictable and brutal world. This led to the rise

How to Eat Like a Stoic: The Ancient Diets of Cynicism and Stoicism

Donald J. Robertson, Writer and Cognitive-behavioural Psychotherapist, author of “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” The ancient Cynic and Stoic philosophers were very interested in food. (At the end of this article you’ll even find a modern recipe for Stoic soup.) They talk both about what we should eat and how we should eat it, if we want to live wisely

Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

How do you handle SLANDER?

In the ancient Greek world, they cared about what others thought of them… really cared. In fact, there was a term for it: Kleos. Kleos is often translated to “renown”, or “glory”, but this interpretation misrepresents this essential and insightful term. Kleos is actually related to the word “to hear” and carries the implied meaning

How Can We Train our Character?

“I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character?” – “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank Some books are well worth a reread… and this one is no exception. Many

Can Marcus Really Help?

Marcus Aurelius is a pop icon. Well, almost… Don’t get me wrong – I’m definitely a fan of this up and coming trend. I like to think of him as a gateway drug to philosophy and the classics. I’m also not one of ‘those’ classics lovers who only like obscure references and lesser known historical