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Where angels tread in Western culture

Where angels tread in Western culture

From ancient times, angels have been present in most religions and beliefs in Western culture. Stories of angels were passed down from generation to generation. They were believed to be the missionaries of God who ...

The Real Sword in the Stone

The Real Sword in the Stone

Inside Montesiepi chapel located in a small village in the province of Siena in beautiful central Tuscany, there is one of the strangest relics ever discovered. In this little round building, is embedded the ...

Tolerance in the midst of terror

Tolerance in the midst of terror

Born in turmoil, just over a month before the breakout of the chaotic and bloodthirsty French Revolution, Dauphin (Crown Prince) Louis XVII was surely the unluckiest of France’s kings.  During his short life-span of ten years, ...

Did Jesus of Nazareth travel to the Far East?

Did Jesus of Nazareth travel to the Far East?

It is a mistake to think there wasn’t international travel during Jesus’ time.  As this map of ancient merchant routes shows, the known world was linked by land and sea.  Perhaps with some helpful knowledge ...

Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

In the Res Gestae Divi Augustus (‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’), Augustus demonstrates his piety by stating that he was a member of all four major priesthoods in Rome – the Pontifices, Augures, Quindecemviri and Septemviri. ...

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year.  But there is nothing new about New Year’s.  In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of ...