The superstition traces its origins back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, who performed the ritual for religious purposes. Continue reading Why do we knock on wood?
Heraclitus, one of Ancient Greece’s most famous philosophers, is nothing if not controversial. Critics are sharply divided on the man, with some seeing him as either the embodiment of inscrutable wisdom, and others as a mere contrarian filled with facile aphorisms and little else. Some of Heraclitus’s doctrines were held consistently. This included his view that the universe is in a constant state of flux, … Continue reading Heraclitus: Obscure to the death
Milo of Croton, the most accomplished Olympic wrestler in antiquity, was renowned for his Herculean feats of strength, which included snapping a band tied around his temple just by furrowing his brow as well as single-handedly carrying his own bronze statue to its final resting place. Of course, ancient athletes like Milo in the 6th century B.C. did not have access to cable-weight machines, elastic … Continue reading Grab fitness by the horns: Workout like ancient Olympian Milo of Croton