Beware The Minotaur

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath, and imagine that on the inhale, your nose and mouth are flooded with the smell of mold, dank water, and even worse, what is unmistakably the smell of blood—a lot of it. You are in The Labyrinth. The light in its dizzying corridors is murky, almost non-existent, and the combination of fear and darkness makes it difficult for you to move—but you stumble along anyway, quickly as you can, your breath sharp and painful in your throat, because somewhere in the dark

Aeschylus’ Agamemnon | Classical Wisdom Weekly

From one of the most celebrated classical playwrights comes the quintessential Greek tragedy. King Agamemnon has been away from his kingdom for more than a decade, fighting in the Trojan War. Upon his homecoming, he is met by his wife, Clytemnestra. Little does the king know that his wife has concocted a plan that will end with his death. While Aeschylus’ Agamemnon can be read by any reader, regardless of prerequisite knowledge, it will interest our more seasoned subscribers to learn how Agamem

Caligula’s Contribution

Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus—not many people are familiar with the name, but very, very many are familiar with the man. We know him by his nickname, his debauchery, and his thirst for blood: Rome’s third emperor, Caligula. Clearly, Caligula wasn’t all there. If he wasn’t insane, then at the very least we can say that the power of his station—which he took at the young age of twenty-five—severely went to his head. However, it may be surprisingly difficult to argue that Caligula’s excess wa

Medusa: Sympathy for a Monster

This may be simply because the sources available to us today differ so widely in the telling of Medusa’s story—in fact, the tale functions as a brilliant example of the way in which myths evolve over time to suit changing societal needs. Though the myth started out simple, it quickly grew and, in some ways, changed drastically—leading to a great deal of confusion when modern readers and researchers attempt to put the pieces together into an accurate representation of ancient thought. But these

Agnodice: The First Female Physician…Maybe

Sometime in the fourth century B.C.E, an Athenian woman by the name of Agnodice was brought before a jury full of incredibly angry men—and she responded by calmly taking off her clothes. Before I make it seem as if this is an article about ancient prostitution (or plain mental instability) let me clarify: Agnodice had been dressed as a man, and was brought before the jury under charges of having seduced the women of Athens—in taking off her clothing she not only proved her true gender and the c