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Hephaestus: The Humane God

By Sean Kelly, Managing Editor, Classical Wisdom Poor Hephaestus, God of fire, metal working and all things volcanos… he’s not quite like the other gods, is he? To begin with, he is the only one to suffer from a physical impairment, and a significant one at that. Throughout the corpus of Greek myth, Hephaestus’ lameness

Feeling a Sense of Doom? Time to turn to the Ancients

by Sean Kelly, Managing Editor, Classical Wisdom It’s easy these days to feel overwhelmed by a sense of catastrophe. Whether it’s the on-going pandemic, worries about floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, or just the normal concerns of our daily lives… the world seems filled with doom.  It is in these trying times that we

Homer’s Real Story: The Truth Behind the ‘Iliad’

Written by John Martin, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom For the nearly three millennia since the Iliad’s creation, its grand story remains undiscovered. Homer’s masterpiece was a brilliant exercise in telling a new kind of story while letting his listening audience think that they were hearing another (more familiar, more easily accessible) one.  The blind poet,

Ajax The Lesser

The first mistake many make when discussing the hero Ajax and his role in the Trojan war, is that they fail to realize that there are actually two men named Ajax. We are undoubtedly familiar with Telamonian Ajax, king of Salamis who would throw himself on his sword whilst under the weight of public shame. He