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

Apollo's Oracle

In honor of the upcoming release of The Oracle (November 2015), I'd like to share a few tidbits from my research. In Greek antiquity, the Delphic oracle was manifested in a woman from the mountain town of Delphi who  Read More 
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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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The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism (a glorified view)
A hundred years ago, Greek sponge divers brought up an archaeological find that has since baffled scientists. It was a remarkably well preserved mechanism with a complicated gear train and a calendar feature, broken down into months, spanning a 19-year cycle.

The Antikythera Mechanism, named for the Greek island off whose waters it was  Read More 
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The Olympics' ancient roots

The first Olympic games, held in 776 B.C.E. in Olympia, in Greece's Peloponnese peninsula, were among the most notable events in the ancient world. Dedicated to Zeus, they had both athletic and religious significance. Here are a few fun ancient-Olympic facts for you trivia buffs:

* The games were interrupted midstream so that 100 oxen  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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