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Master of Stories: Odysseus in the Kingdom of the Dead

Written by Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Just as the adventures described in Books 9-12 of the Odyssey are often the most-remembered episodes due to their fantastic character, so Odysseus’ account of the underworld is one of his most striking. But did it “really” happen? Are we meant to believe that, within the

Telling Tall Tales: The Wanderings of Odysseus

Written by Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The most well-known episodes in Homer’s Odyssey are the adventures described in Books 9-12. Full of one-eyed giants, amorous goddesses and narrow escapes, they are considered the most memorable and thus most likely to be included in collections of excerpts. They have received so much attention

Do Sports have Value?

The problem with being a perennial expat is that annual events up north can really catch you off guard. Take Sunday, for instance… We were casually having a roast pork lunch which came out quite close to dinner, which resulted in a long ‘sobre mesa’ (the discussion that takes place after a meal)… And before

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

What is Evil? Why are we so interested in it?

It’s hard to anticipate, to accept. The idea that you could actually know someone evil. That happens to other people, right? But there I was, staring at the photo in the newspaper of my former classmate, clad in the orange prison jumpsuit in front of the judge. The headline described the whole lurid affair: Eighth

Aeolus: Keeper of the Winds

Written by Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In Greek mythology the name Aeolus pops up in reference to three different characters: Aeolus, the son of Hippotes, and keeper of the winds; Aeolus, the half-human son of Poseidon; and Aeolus, the son of Hellen (not the Helen of the Trojan War, but a mortal ruler