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The Eternal City

Written by Brendan Heard, Author of the Decline and Fall of Western Art The Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt is a unique reference point in classical history. Most notably, our very notion of classical wisdom itself largely depends on this period, insofar as it played a role in  the documentation, preservation, and accumulation of the wisdom

Ptolemy, the Man who Reached the Stars

By Mónica Correa, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The study of the earth, stars and space started millennia ago. With a lot of observation and subsequent writings, men such as Ptolemy built the foundations of our understanding of the universe that surrounds us. Today we know that his name was, in fact, Klaudios Ptolemaios. He probably

Hypatia: The Last Academic – Part One

By Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom They came to her by land. They came to her by sea. They came to her from the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire and they came to her from close by. Amongst the literati, Hypatia (355-415 CE), acclaimed philosopher and leading mathematician, was a rock star. She

Euclid: The Father of Geometry

By Jocelyn Hitchcock, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We all know the varsity team: Einstein, Newton, Pythagoras, Descartes. These names are drilled into our heads all through grade school math and history classes, and possibly accompanied by an under-the-breath curse from a disgruntled calculus or physics student. However, another mathematician should receive our attention: Euclid of

Armillary Spheres: Following Celestial Objects in the Ancient World

By Ḏḥwty, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins Astronomy is often considered to be one of the oldest branches of science. In many ancient societies, astronomical observations were used not only for the practical job of determine the rhythm of life, (e.g. the various seasons of the year, the celebration of festivals, etc.) but also for the