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New Book Release: Cult of the Captured Bride
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In a society where men set the rules, could a feminine fertility festival have empowered women to the degree that it struck fear in men’s hearts? At first glance, it seems absurd to suggest that an ancient Greek fertility festival should empower women let alone induce fear in the hearts of men—yet the Thesmophoria was not just any fertility festival…..
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- Ancient Israel
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The Bronze Age Queen—Helen of Sparta
Celebrated as the most beautiful woman in the world, the allure of Helen of Troy …
The Slaveholding City-State Of Sparta’s Liberated Women
On the face of it, Spartans might have felt right at home living under the …
Giving Thanks, the Ancient Greek Way
The Original Thanksgiving… was only for Women? The sometimes Violent, sometimes Psychedelic Ancient Harvest Festival …
The playwright Sophocles (497 – 405 BCE) might have been amused to find that nearly …
Advance of the Amazons
It was love at first sight when Achilles locked eyes with the famed Amazon warrior …
Empress Theodora—Sinner or Saint?
The hooded gaze of an inscrutable Theodora (c.497- 548 CE) greets hundreds of thousands of …
About Mary Naples
With an emphasis in Women’s Studies, Mary Naples has an M.A. in Humanities from Dominican University of California. Having traveled throughout the Mediterranean, she has a deep love of the classical world. Since 2013, Mary has been a contributing writer for Classical Wisdom classicalwisdom.com and in 2018 began writing for Ancient Origins, ancientorigins.net. Mary gave a webinar for Classical Wisdom in March of 2019 about feminism in an ancient Greek feminine fertility festival. And in July of 2019, she gave a webinar for Ancient Origins on the long forgotten Hebrew goddess, Asherah.