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The History of Pompeii and its Volcanic Eruption

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman city of Pompeii was famously destroyed in 79 A.D by an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, which buried it beneath feet of ash and pumice. However, while the volcano ruined Pompeii, it also, perhaps ironically, preserved it for posterity. Today the city is arguably one of

What We REALLY Learn from Ancient Graffiti: The surprising insights from public scribbles

By Visnja Bojovic, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom How antiquity is perceived and received has always depended on the era. Sometimes it was due to the prevalence of a certain political program (the promotion of Roman Empire under the rule of Napoleon and the advantage given to the Roman Republic during French revolution, for example). Most

The Palace of Knossos

When we think about the birth of western civilization, we recall Knossos and its stunning palace. Crete is called the cradle of Europe, after all, and Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, is reputed to be Europe’s oldest city! Knossos is thought to be the first settlement in the Neolithic period, though

The Dirty World of Ancient Graffiti

In a break from the norm I shall start this contribution not with a glib remark or unnecessary bit of pretentiousness, but with a warning. This week’s article will be a bit on the spicy side both in terms of language and sexual content. If either offend you then I strongly suggest that you stop