Things you Probably Don’t Know about Augustus and Augustus Probably Doesn’t Want you to Know

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

Did Ovid Invent the Concept of Heterosexuality?

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?

Alcibiades, The Playboy of the Peloponnesian War (Part Two)

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)