The Built Environment: Thomas Annan and Early Architectural Photography

By Dr. Lionel Gossman / 05.28.2015 M. Taylore Pyne Professor of Romance Languages Princeton University Annan appears to have had a genuine appreciation of architecture as well as of painting. Once again, however, much of his published work resulted from commissions. Two large volumes illustrating local gentlemen’s mansions—The Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow[…]

Voltaire and the One-Liner

Voltaire.. After a painting, by Bouchot No. 539 / Louvre Museum, Paris By Dr. Nicholas Cronk / 03.10.2017 Professor of French Literature Director, Voltaire Foundation Oxford University As we mark Voltaire’s 323rd birthday – though the date of 20 February is problematic, – what significance does the great Enlightenment writer have for us now? If I[…]

The Bayeux Tapestry

Viewing the Bayeux tapestry at the Bayeux Museum; Bayeux tapestry, c. 1070, embroidered wool on linen, 20 inches high (Bayeux Museum) By Dr. Kristine Tanton / 08.08.2015 Professor of Art History University of California, Los Angeles Measuring twenty inches high and almost 230 feet in length, the Bayeux Tapestry commemorates a struggle for the throne[…]

What’s in a Name? Linguistic Considerations in the Study of ‘Karian’ Religion

Karian rock tombs, near Marmaris, Turkey / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Naomi Carless Unwin / 11.01.2016 Senior Fellow, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Koç University, Istanbul CHS Research Bulletin 4:2 (2016) Introduction The history of Karia is entangled with that of the Greek-speaking world; the cultural and religious character of the region was shaped by[…]

The Function of Mystery Religions in Ancient Greek Society

Relief of Demeter / Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Greece By Cara Leigh Sailors / 08.2007 History Masters Thesis Supervised by Dr. William Douglas Burgess, Jr. / Professor of History East Tennessee State University Introduction Most religion in ancient Greece was civic in nature, dealing mainly with the social and political relationships of each city’s people.[…]