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The Art of Slander: How to Create a Masterpiece, Troll Your Enemies, and Win Bigly: Part 2 of 2

Written by Michael Fontaine, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Whew! Got all that? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please first read Part 1.) Now watch this, because it’s relevant to Obsopoeus. Lucian: (1) applies  (2) the allegorical women he’s “described” to  (3) the peer pressure that thrives among courtiers in the Hellenistic world—including  (4)

The Art of Slander: How to Create a Masterpiece, Troll Your Enemies, and Win Bigly: Part 1 of 2

Written by Michael Fontaine, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ever seen this picture? Titled The Calumny of Apelles, it’s in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Take a look, and use the labels I’ve added to figure out what’s going on. Painted by Sandro Botticelli in 1495, there’s a little-known essay about it that is one of

Can drinking ever be a virtue?

We, here, at Classical Wisdom like to address the important stuff. We strive to tackle big issues, philosophical inquiries and historical investigations. We also like to have a good time. That’s why wine exists (in moderation, of course). But it’s not just something to do… or consume… it’s been literally interwoven into innumerable cultures and