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Apr
29
Listener to the Dead

Listener to the Dead

In Brittany, listening and speaking for the dead was once a well-respected trade.
1 min read
Apr
29
Space as a Superfluid

Space as a Superfluid

An ancient theory that is seeing a resurgence thanks to advances in Physics.
5 min read
Apr
29
Antaura, the Demoness of Migraines

Antaura, the Demoness of Migraines

Summary and additional sources on the Greco-Roman daemon of migraines.
2 min read
Feb
21
Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus

Known as the 'Father of Science'. One of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. The first recorded Western Philosopher (7th-6th century BCE). Founder of the Miletus School.
3 min read
Jan
24
In Plain English

In Plain English

Introducing a new series aimed at making ancient, classical and medieval texts more accessible and easy to digest.
1 min read
Dec
02
Ghastly painting of Erictho, holding snakes and a noose. She looks to be laughing.

Lucan's Description of the Necromancer-Witch Erichtho

An excerpt from Lucan's epic poem, Pharsalia (1st century CE), introducing the villainous witch Erictho, who is sought out by Pompey's son during the civil war.
3 min read
Nov
29
How One Roman Matron Caused All Women To Be Banned from Practicing Law

How One Roman Matron Caused All Women To Be Banned from Practicing Law

C. Afrania was so infamous that the edict against women advocates, first instituted in the 1st century BCE, was later extended to all of Europe. It then snowballed into something much worse...
8 min read
Nov
28
Jupiter in the form of smoke, embraces a nude Io.

IO: Moon Goddess, Princess... Cow?

Ever wonder why female cows have those cute crescent-shaped horns? No? Me either. But someone did! Io and her love affair with the King of the Heavens, is one of the oldest myths around.
6 min read
Nov
27
When the Moon Became a Cow

When the Moon Became a Cow

Part of the Omni-Myth Series: Love affair of Io (Moon) and Jupiter (Sky Father).
1 min read
Nov
20
Stitching Together the Omni-Myth

Stitching Together the Omni-Myth

Freya, Demeter, Jupiter, etc... What we often think of as names are really just titles. When these titles are translated into a single language, an interesting thing happens.
2 min read