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The Dance

One of the works by Lucian of Samosata, The Dance, is devoted entirely to this entertainment. Nothing more joyful, and yet not well perceived by everyone. Already at the outset, an accusation was made against the dances and the dance itself1.

Apostle Saul, called…

The apostle Saul is a follower of Jesus better known by the name Paul. In Acts of the Apostles 13: 9 the narrative of the text goes from the Semitic name Saul (Greek Σαῦλος, Saulos) to the Latin – Paul (Latin Paulus, Greek Παῦλος, Paulos). Why this sudden name change in the text?

Bold critique of poetry

Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was madly addicted to poetry1. Unfortunately, his graphomania was reaching its heights, rising above the waves of opinion as the worst human being, ie the flatterers. In a moment of peace, the tyrant devoted himself completely to writing poetry, gathering around him many teachers and even critical commentators.

Panic fear

The mythological god Pan (Latin Faun) was supposed to cause sudden panic, unfounded fear and terror among people and animals with his shout. This panic (θορύβου Πανικοῦ) and confusion could lead to a castling of military units that, under the influence of fear, could misinterpret the enemy’s movements.

Ancient libraries

According to Hecataeus, whose extensive account is quoted by Diodorus Siculus, the magnificent and opulent tomb of the Egyptian king Ozymandias contained a sacred library with the inscription: “Healing-Place of the Soul”1.

Trial of Rabirius Postumus

Gaius Rabirius Postumus was a son of Gaius Rabirius who was defended by Cicero in 63 BCE. He was also one of the Romans who borrowed money to Ptolemy Auletes to help him in restoring his rule over Egypt.

Solomon in Pompeii?

In Pompeii, in the so-called House of the Physician or House of the Judgement, a painting with a biblical accent was discovered in 1841. It is a scene referring to the judgment of Solomon (Archaeological Museum of Naples [inventory number 113197]).

Horse or cook?

The value of the horse was enormous in terms of communication, transport and, above all, its military use in battle. Traditionally, the ancients emphasized the uniqueness of Bucephalus, the horse that had long accompanied Alexander the Great during his military conquests.

Seneca among gladiators!

The fate of the gladiators was difficult. Although despised and kept briefly in closed barracks, they knew very well about the views of the notables of their time, especially in matters concerning them.

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