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Cicero: Defender of Freedom, Orator, and Philosopher

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Cicero (106-43 BC) is perhaps one of the most remarkable figures in the history of Rome. He was an important politician and statesman who attempted to defend the Republic. Cicero was also a great philosopher and writer whose works greatly influenced the development of Roman oratory and

The Influence of Ancient Politics on Modern Political Systems

Written by Michael C. Anderson, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Most people believe ancient political systems have had a minimal effect on politics of the modern and postmodern world. The common belief is that the ancient world was largely barbarian with human rights virtually non-existent, so history from that time must be discounted. Is this a

A Short History of Voting in the Ancient World

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Like so much else in the modern world, voting was invented by the Classical World. The complex system of elections that we see today in America and other nations was first developed in Greece and Rome. However, voting in the Graeco-Roman World was often very different from

Tarquin, Last King of Rome and Bloody Tyrant

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman Republic was moulded rather decisively by the fall of the monarchy. The Republic was designed to prevent the re-emergence of rule by a single person. Rome’s last monarch was Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (died 495 BC). His tyranny provoked a rebellion, and this was to lead

The Classical Wisdom of the Founding Fathers

Written by Alex Barrientos, Senior Editor, Classical Wisdom The United States of America will turn 244 years old tomorrow. From a historical perspective, the U.S. is quite a young nation. We’ve come a long way, and have much still to learn. To those of you not already aware, it may come as no surprise to

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