Posts by Quintus Curtius

The Religion Of Mithras And Its Mysteries

Some months ago The Guardian published an article about the reopening of a reconstructed mithraeum (Temple of Mithras) in London.  I had known about the cult of Mithras for some time; the Roman emperor Julian, whom I have written about, was a devoted follower of the religion.  Yet it remains almost totally unknown to the…

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The Porfirio Effect (Podcast)

Coconut debris, machetes, game meats, natural oils, custom suits, and the whole 9 yards. This authorized podcast goes into more details about the themes talked about in my last podcast, “The Surrealistic World of Michael Porfirio.” We delve deeper to extract the timeless lessons for the modern man, and explain the nuances. The rest is…

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The Travels Of Constantin De Volney

Every traveler has a different tale, but the travel itself has the same purpose:  to push through boundaries, overcome obstacles, and to seek out what is not known.  This impulse in man will never change.  And it is right that this is so, for without it the progress of the human race might come to…

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The Surrealistic World Of Michael Porfirio (Podcast)

This podcast is a change of pace. I talk about one of my favorite Twitter accounts, the account of @MichaelPorfirio, and I discuss why I think it actually has, in its own distinctive surrealistic way, legitimate artistic merit. Sometimes we need to be thrown curve balls here and there, to keep us all on our…

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Three Questions From Readers (Podcast)

In this podcast I discuss three separate questions sent to me by readers. The questions are: 1. How do I deal with a situation where I’m worried my boss might try to prevent me from getting a new position? 2. What do I think of dress codes and standards? 3. Is there a place for…

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The Right Man In The Right Place Can Make All The Difference

There are times in history where the right man in the right place can make all the difference.  Accidents of fate, the changing circumstances of fortune, and the randomness of events all conspire to turn predictability into uncertainty; yet a man of learning, vision, and character may, at times, interpose himself in the middle of…

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The Counsel Of Helios To A Noble Youth

There is a fable told in the Roman emperor Julian’s oration To the Cynic Heracleios that is worth relating and discussing.  The fable is rather involved, but we will extract its relevant parts here.  The god Hermes once appeared before a youth who, though virtuous and good, was having some difficulties in life.  Hermes said…

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