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ODE TO THE PAST (with the occasional nod to the present)

Why the Ancient World Matters

People often ask me why I choose to write about the characters, places, and legends of antiquity. Wouldn’t it be easier to research more recent history, which is far better documented, they ask. Well, of course it would be … but it wouldn’t be as much fun, at least not for me. (Doing  Read More 
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The Delphic Maxims

My latest research is taking me along the ancient paths of Delphi, a city carved into Mount Parnassos in Central Greece--and one of my favorite places on Earth.

The wise men and women who held court at Delphi lived by a list of maxims. Since many of these are still relevant today, I thought  Read More 
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Sexuality in the Ancient World

Birds do it. Bees do it. In the ancient world, everyone did it, including the gods.

We're talking about sex, of course. Sexuality has evolved drastically in the past three millennia, mostly because of the advent of Christianity. Today, we have many taboos that never existed in antiquity. In those days, sex was a  Read More 
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