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Best known for his popular books on many societies around the world, Sanford Holst has explored the wide range of history that makes us who we are today. These journeys have taken us to societies in the idyllic ancient Mediterranean, turbulent Medieval Europe, and the changing world around us in the present day. 

His adventurous travel to many different cities and sites across the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East has led to spellbinding moments during his speaking engagements. 

Sanford's talks at universities in the USA and around the world are accompanied by academic papers which resulted in his being elected to the Royal Historical Society in England. His informative websites are read by more than half a million people each year.

His more recent explorations delve into ancient Athens and the golden age of Greece. Going beyond the ususal look at Classical Greeks in their formal occupations, he discovers personal moments that reveal these people to us in ways that make them seem to come alive. Many of them had to deal with personal diffuculties that make their memorable works even more spectacular. 

Sanford's intriguing explorations into the past have revealed many things that still strongly affect our lives today. These discoveries, along with many pictures, bring his books and talks to life.

He can be reached at

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Discovering a fascinating beauty

in history -- Aspasia

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Finding ways we make life better for ourselves and those important to us has always been a deep interest of mine -- and it's one that many of us share. Our traditions and heritage seem to play an important role in that, since many of the things we do have their roots in events that happened much earlier. 

We all do better with the help of good friends.  I warmly thank the many caring people who have given me the benefit of their efforts and support for all these years. You know you can call on me whenever the need arises. May you all enjoy the best life has to give!

-- Sanford Holst

Athens cover

Boomers music

Freemasons history

Classical Athens Golden Age