Tag: The Olympic Games: How they all Began

Lay That Ghost: Necromancy in Ancient Greece and Rome

10/31 | When seeking “hidden” knowledge, ancient Greeks and Romans visited sacred oracles and consulted necromancers, who communed with the dead. The necromancer’s art often involved strange journeys, sleep-and-dreaming rituals and even   Read more…

Posted in Daily Life and Practice.

Ancient Combat Sports

08/16 | Three ancient Olympic combat events—wrestling, boxing and pancratium—reveal much about the aspirations and values of ancient Greece, about what was deemed honorable, fair and beautiful, both in the eyes of   Read more…

Posted in Daily Life and Practice.

The Oracle of Delphi—Was She Really Stoned?

08/01 | According to Strabo and other sources, the Pythia who gave prophecies on behalf of Apollo was inspired by mysterious vapors. Is there evidence that intoxicating gases actually drifted through the   Read more…

Posted in Daily Life and Practice, The Ancient Near Eastern World.


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