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Of Ancient Bondage

By Ben Potter “Jove takes half the goodness out of a man when he makes a slave of him”. Homer was quick to recognize the terror and inhumanity of slavery. And he used it as a powerful tool to stoke the drama of his epic: “tears will break forth anew for he who would have

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Ancient Drunks and Winos

By Ben Potter “Quick, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever”. In one witty aside the Athenian comedian, Aristophanes, has embodied the modern feeling towards the Greeks and the grape. To us, it seems like a beautiful partnership that helped build the foundations of our

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In Nero’s Image

By Ben Potter There is (at least) one important step between the birth of western literature and the age of modern prose… and that is the genesis of the novel. Here we are hot on the heels of our recent look at the ancient novel in the guise of Daphnis and Chloe, a bucolic idyll

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