Nikola Tesla: The Extraordinary Life of a Modern Prometheus

The inventor at rest, with a Tesla coil (thanks to a double exposure). Dickenson V. Alley, Wellcome Collection, CC BY By Dr. Richard B. Gunderman / 01.03.2018 Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Philanthrophy Indiana University Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical[…]

Etruscan Tomb of the Reliefs

Tomb of the Reliefs, late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.E., Necropolis of Banditaccia (Cerveteri), Italy (photo, CC BY-SA 2.0) By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 08.08.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University The banquet is over, the dining equipment is stowed, and the warriors sleep on in this Etruscan dining room, yet the[…]

Etruscan Tomb of the Triclinium

Etruscan civilization, 750-500 B.C.E. (image: NormanEinstein, CC BY-SA 3.0) Based on a map from The National Geographic Magazine Vol.173 No.6 (June 1988). By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 08.08.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University Elaborate funerary rituals Funerary contexts constitute the most abundant archaeological evidence for the Etruscan civilization. The elite members of Etruscan society[…]

Orbis Sensualium Pictus: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book, 1658

Illustration for “God’s Providence”, from the 1705 English edition of Orbis Sensualium Pictus / Internet Archive In the mid 17th-century John Comenius published what many consider to be the first picture book dedicated to the education of young children, Orbis Sensualium Pictus – or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures, as it was rendered in[…]

What Did ‘Hero’ Mean in Ancient Greece?

Dying Warrior sculpture from the East Pediment of the late archaic Temple of Aphaia in Aegina,c.500-480 BCE, Munich, Glyptothek / Photo by Barbara McManus, Creative Commons By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The key word here is sēmainein, which means ‘mean [something],[…]