Battle of Marathon

Today, September 16 (6 Boedromion in the Athenian calendar) is the Agrotera festival honoring Artemis the Huntress. It is also the anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE. Athens vowed to sacrifice a goat to Artemis for every Persian killed in the battle, but so many Persians were slaughtered that the Athenians instead promised to offer the…

Jupiter Optimus Maximus

Featured image: A reconstructed Column of Jupiter (Jupitersäule), Saalburg Roman Fort, Limes Germania (Germany)  Photograph by Carole Raddato, September 2012 via Wikimedia Commons (Source: X) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Jupiter columns were monuments dedicated to Jupiter Optimus Maximus (”Best and Greatest”) in Germania, eastern Gaul, and Britannia from the mid-second to mid-third centuries CE. They stood from 4 m…

Book Review: Heretics Anonymous

tl: dr – My parents sent me to a Catholic school starting in seventh grade. We weren’t Catholic, but it was slightly closer and slightly cheaper than the nearest Lutheran school. My parents were protesting desegregation busing, and I had no say in the matter. I dreaded it all summer, and it turned out to…