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Aeneas: Trojan Prince and Founder of Rome

by Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom He is a towering figure of ancient myth. He fought at Troy and appears in the Iliad. Yet he is remembered for something much greater. He was seen by the Romans as a paragon of virtue, and one of the founders of their city. One of the world’s

The Early Influence of the Greeks on the Romans

by Kevin Blood The worlds of ancient Greece and Rome were, of course, deeply intertwined over the centuries. This history stretches back further than some may realise, though, to a series of city states in the south of Italy. From the 8th century BCE, the Greeks established colonies along the coasts of Sicily and southern

Ten Caesars

by Sean Kelly, Managing Editor, Classical Wisdom You know the names… …but do you know the men behind them? There are few, if any, names more consequential in the ancient world than Caesar. Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, the name Caesar still means one thing: leader. As late as the twentieth century,

What Makes a Republic? The Evolution of a Political System.

By Ed Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In the contemporary world, republics are the most common form of government, yet few of us take the time to consider what a republic actually is. If we want to more deeply understand the nature of republics, we need to look back to the ancient examples of Rome,

Eunapius: Historian, Teacher and Fearless Pagan

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are many remarkable figures in the history of Greece. Too often, the focus is on the Golden Ages of Greece and Rome. However, even in Late Antiquity when the Graeco-Roman world was in decline, there were many significant figures—Eunapius among them. This famous Greek sophist, historian,

Roman Pantheon: A Gigantic Sundial?

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Romans were great builders and are still revered as great engineers. One of the greatest buildings they constructed was the Pantheon. A new theory argues that the building was designed to act as a sundial during the Spring Equinox, which falls between March 19 and 21.