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The Rites of Kore, or Persephone the Maiden

This time of year my thoughts always return to the rites of Kore. I might be coping with the world folding in on itself, and the similar changes I experience...

Vestal Virgins & the Holy Virtue of Rome

It’s girls' night at the temple and we’re all performing rituals and offerings, remaining celibate from men, keeping the sacred flame of the hearth alive. At the Temple of Vesta...

The 2022 Gift Guide: Bestsellers (Jewelry & Books)

In our longstanding quest to weave artistic expression into all of the most significant parts of life, we are pairing each of our bestselling necklaces with the perfect book that...

Leda, Truth and Sensuality

“Only in womankind is sexuality no surrender of the ego boundary, no schism; it abides as the homeland of the personality, which can still include the sublimations of the spirit...

The Art History Gift Guide

Common Era holds true to an undying, centuries-spanning love for art – literature, architecture, and of course a swath of visual arts (painting, sculpture, mosaics, and so forth). Our muses...

Persephone and Hecate: The Maiden and the Crone

The myth of Persephone’s connection to the seasons & vegetation is made evident by her yearly ascent from and descent into the Underworld. Most versions of the etiological myth follow...

All the Little Gods of Love

The pluralization of Aphrodite’s son Eros, the god of love, should come as no surprise. Tradition changes as the myth arches and swells to fill the space in which it...

Some Thoughts on the Molten Goddesses

I sought Common Era several years ago because I saw, fixed within an Instagram ad, the beauty and gravity of an ephemeral dream, familiar but strange like an ancestral memory,...

Ancient Art: Painted Greek Cities

When we think of Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, there’s a particular vision that resonates. Whitewashed stone, vibrant blue domes, square windows and stone streets. Though they’ve become a tourism dream, the...

Jungian Psychology and Goddess Archetypes

Psychologist Carl Jung maintained that myths can be seen as expressions of the collective unconscious, meaning that the core ideas in mythology and mythological figures reflect inherent and universal truths...

On Caring for Gold Vermeil

In the spirit of ethical business practices, we at Common Era try our hardest to be transparent. We absolutely want you to choose the pieces that are right for you,...

Thoughts on the Persistence of Gold

In times of crisis, inflation, or economic uncertainty, investors turn to gold to protect their principle. The precious metal has historically always been considered a safe purchase, with positive price...

The Sacred Bee of Ancient Greece

The honey bees are back out, buzzing their happy little working tune wherever they go. And why not? They are beloved by all the gods, and they usher in the...

Thargelia: Festival of the Twin Gods

Happy Thargelia! Traditionally held on May 24 and 25 (the 6th and 7th of the Attic month Thargelion), Thargelia was an ancient Greek festival held in honor of the births...

Silphium and Common Ancient Medical Procedures

'In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (lines 208-210), for example, Demeter orders Meta- neira to mix barley and water with pennyroyal. Metaneira makes the potion (kykeon) and offers it to...

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