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

The Neo-Pagans

In ancient Greece, people worshipped the 12 gods of Mount Olympus. You know the ones: Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Ares, Ephestos, Poseidon, Hermes, Hera, Hestia, Demetra, Aphrodite, and the big guy himself, Zeus.

This polytheistic religion was an early form of paganism that involved such rituals as animal sacrifices, experimentation with reality-bending substances, burnt offerings, group  Read More 
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Medicine in Ancient Times

An article recently posted on biblicalarchaeology.com contemplated the use of medicinal plants and curative techniques in the ancient world. This is a subject I find fascinating, and one I explored in the historical subplot of The Tenth Saint.

How did the ancients combat and prevent disease? And how much of that survives to  Read More 
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The Queen of Sheba

Earlier this year, a British expedition excavating in Gheralta, in the Ethiopian highlands, found what is believed to be the remains of a gold mine operated by the Sabaeans. The clue? A stele marked with Sabaean symbols—namely the sun and crescent moon—and the ruins of a temple.

British archaeologist Louise Schofield led  Read More 
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Fan Mail

Today I got my very first piece of fan mail. It was a super-sincere note (yes, hand-written!) by a reader who enjoyed The Tenth Saint, particularly the descriptions of Ethiopian (Coptic) Christianity. He said it sent him to his computer to learn more. That was music to my ears. Anytime we read something that  Read More 
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