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Serpents in the Stars: The Hydra Constellation

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In modern astronomy, this constellation is often divided into two or four parts. One is a female water snake called Hydra, the other, Hydrus. A smaller constellation located in the southern hemisphere, Hydrus is considered the male counterpart of this giant, sprawling star serpent. At twenty-seven stars,

10 Movies That Cater To Greek Mythology Fans

Written by Kristin Herman, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdo Greek mythology has fascinated audiences for over two millennia, and numerous movies have been inspired by these ancient stories. Here are 10 great movies that you can watch right now to get into the spirit of Greek mythology! 1. Antigone (1961) “Based on the tragic play by

Crown of the Northern Skies: Corona Borealis

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In Eastern traditions, this constellation is called, rather humbly, the Broken Bowl. It was the ancient Greeks that imbued it with starry mythos and royalty. The Corona Borealis rises with Scorpion and sets at the rise of the Crab and Lion. It has nine stars in total

The Eagle, or Aquila, Constellation

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Zeus features heavily in a lot of starlore, and the Eagle constellation is no exception.  The predominantly accepted mythos for this constellation is the abduction of Ganymede. Zeus had facilitated the kidnapping, fancying the beautiful mortal boy as his personal cup-bearer. In the constellation, which is situated

Ares: The Greek God of War

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In the Ancient World, the most powerful forces that shaped human destiny were personified by polytheistic religions in the form of Gods. In this way, the ancients believed that they could influence impersonal forces and powers. One of these was war. In the past, conflict was a

The Herdsman of the Stars

By Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Even to the modern mind, the starry abyss above us encourages a sense of awe and wonder. In the ancient times, they linked their mythos to the heavens and told tales of how the star clusters, or constellations, came to be. One of these constellations of the Northern