Augustus is, in a word, fascinating. Instead of launching into an abridged biography the way I did with Alcibiades and Mithridates, I'm going to talk about some hilarious fun facts about Rome's Pater Patriae. "He desired also to revive the ancient fashion of dress, and once when he saw in an assembly a throng of men in dark … Continue reading Things you Probably Don’t Know about Augustus and Augustus Probably Doesn’t Want you to Know
Ovid, known for timeless classics like the Ars Amatoria and Metamorphoses was an elegiac and truly Augustan poet in the 1st century BCE/AD. Some of his favourite topics to discuss in erotic collections like the Ars Amatoria (Art of Love) were: Where to go to have sneaky public sex in Rome Where in Rome to go for a stroll that … Continue reading Did Ovid Invent the Concept of Heterosexuality?
Today I'd like to take you on a journey through the mists of time to the beginning of the 5th Century BCE. Athens was still a new democracy, and it wasn't yet recognized as a nauti superpower. The Greco-Persian wars may sound like something you've never heard of, but they might be more familiar than you … Continue reading Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis
Before delving into the second half of the scandalous life of one Alcibiades, you should make sure you get the backstory. The Peloponnesian War was a legitimately terrifying time to be an Athenian. If you've ever seen the movie 300, you have an idea of what it was like to fight Sparta. They were some of … Continue reading Alcibiades, The Playboy of the Peloponnesian War (Part Two)
One of the things I love the most about the ancient world is that it has some of the most insane stories that no one has ever heard. Alcibiades lived a life equivalent to a blockbuster movie, and so few people even know about this charming megalomaniac. His entire life is rich with stories, and … Continue reading Alcibiades, The Playboy of the Peloponnesian War (Part One)
I have had my fair share of crushes on historical figures, and having attraction towards someone who died thousands of years ago makes me feel almost as strange as the crush I used to have on the fox that played Robin Hood in the animated Disney movie. That being said, two of these figures who … Continue reading Mithridates VI Eupator of Pontus, The Batman of the Black Sea