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The Banishment of Julia Augusti (PART 1)

Written by Mary Naples, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “I would certainly not describe as mercy, what was actually the exhaustion of cruelty.” ~ Seneca, On Mercy (referring to the deified Augustus) “Let her be banished for life,” Augustus is recorded as saying about the harsh exile of his only biological child, Julia, to the barren and windswept

Cicero: Rome’s Greatest Defender

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are many great Romans whose names are still honored to this day. None has been more feted down the centuries than Cicero. He was perhaps Rome’s greatest author and one of its greatest orators and philosophers. Cicero was also one the last defenders of the Roman

St. Corona: The Coronavirus Pandemic and a Christian Martyr

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The COVID 19 or coronavirus pandemic overturned all aspects of our daily life and many have sought comfort in religion. A nearly forgotten Christian saint has suddenly become popular again. This is St. Corona, and once again her story is inspiring many and giving hope to the

Can We Make Comparisons with History?

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” as Mark Twain is reputed to have said. This nifty aphorism neatly explains why there’s often a compelling urge to compare whatever we are going through with ancient examples…. For better or for worse. Wait a minute, I hear you cry… isn’t this Classical Wisdom? Your whole

The Antonine Plague

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Imagine, if you will, that it’s the year 165 AD. There are two Emperors of Rome, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, who have been ruling together for four years, and day-to-day life is good. The new emperor’s permit free speech, they’re popular with the Roman military, and

Emperor Commodus: Was He Really So Terrible?

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman Emperor Commodus (161-192 AD) is widely regarded as one of the ‘bad emperors’ and a bloody tyrant. This image has been perpetuated in several movies, especially the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Gladiator (2000). His reign and life were extraordinary by