Did Augustus Really Persecute Isis Worship?

May 16, 2011

Statue of Isis, taken by Steph Adamo

A common misconception held even by some classics majors who ought to know better is that Rome was tolerant of every foreign god and the idea that Augustus suppressed Isis worship is a fictional literary flourish.

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Of What Importance Was King Herod in the Life of Cleopatra’s Daughter?

August 31, 2010

Though no ancient sources directly link the two monarchs, it’s difficult to write a novel about the life of Cleopatra’s daughter Selene without referencing one of her mother’s bitterest enemies–Herod the Great, a villainĀ of the New Testament.

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