Exposure to Science is Growing in Popular Culture

Science is one thread of culture – and entertainment, including graphic books, can reflect that. ‘The Dialogues,’ by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017), CC BY-ND By Dr. Clifford Johnson / 01.18.2018 Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California How often do you, outside the requirements of an[…]

Technological Progress from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution

Waterwheel, Darley Mill Centre / Wikimedia Commons Exploring the idea that we must think of technology in much broader terms than just material culture. By Brian Dickens Introduction Everyone has heard the terms “Stone Age,” “Bronze Age”, and “Iron Age”; associated with particular periods of history. For most people, these terms conjure up an entire image[…]

And the Lot Fell On…Sortition in Ancient Greek Theory and Practice

Pnyx hill in Athens by Qwqchris. / Wikimedia Commons In the matter of the dēmokratia (‘People-Power’) that the Greeks invented (the word as well as the thing) ancient Greece was a desperately foreign country – they did democracy very differently. By Dr. Paul Cartledge / 03.31.2016 A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus University of Cambridge Some four decades[…]

The Ancient and Early Medieval Germanic Tribes

Arms and armors of a typical noble Frankish warrior, 5th-6th century / Photo by Altaipanther, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Wikimedia Commons The Germanic tribes, an ancient nomadic civilization, used their superior military strength to lay the foundation for modern Europe. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.08.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Origins The Germanic peoples (also called[…]