The Perils of Periodization: Roman Ceramics in Britain after 400 CE

Early Imperial Roman ceramic bowls, early 1st century CE / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York   By Dr. Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews and Dr. Robin Fleming Fitzpatrick-Matthews: Archaeology Officer, North Hertfordshire Museum Fleming: Professor of History, Boston College 5 (2016) Abstract The post-Roman Britons of the fifth century are a good example of people invisible to[…]

Social Institutions: Family, Religion, and Education

Figure 9.1 What constitutes a family nowadays? (Photo courtesy of Michael/flickr) Edited by Dr. Sherry Cooke / 03.27.2016 Professor of Sociology Grayson College Introduction to Marriage and the Family Rebecca and John were having a large church wedding attended by family and friends. They had been living together their entire senior year of college and[…]

Six Things You Can Do with Coffee – After You’ve Finished Drinking It

Photo by Thomas Ricker, Creative Commons By Dr. Rhodri Jenkins / 10.29.2015 Postdoctoral Researcher in Biofuels University of Bath Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, mid-afternoon slumps or all-night study sessions. These days, the words “coffee” and “fuel” are half-jokingly synonymous. More than 9m tonnes of the bean are[…]

Making Your Wants and Needs Harmonious

By Christopher Chase / 04.23.2017 How to Stop Falling for Fake Wants You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need. – The Rolling Stones Right now, millions of people suffer on our planet because what we want distracts us from what we actually[…]

‘Anumeric’ People: What Happens when a Language has No Words for Numbers?

A Pirahã family. / Photo by Caleb Everett By Dr. Caleb Everett / 04.25.2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow Professor of Anthropology University of Miami Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest river tree. Instead of using words for precise quantities, these[…]

Why Society Needs Historians

Statue of Thucydides, Greek Historian / ChrisJL, Flickr By Dr. Jonathan Healey / 06.04.2016 Associate Professor in Social History University of Oxford The Social Historian ‘Society doesn’t need a 21-year-old who is a sixth century historian. It needs a 21-year-old who really understands how to analyse things, understands the tenets of leadership and contributing to[…]

Gifts of Art in Ancient Rome

Still Life with Peaches and Water Jar (left), Still Life with a Silver Tray with Prunes, Dried figs, Dates and Glass of Wine (center), and Still Life withBranch of Peaches, Fourth Style wall painting from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 62-69 C.E., fresco, 14 x 13 1/2 inches (Archaeological Museum, Naples) By Dr. Lea K. Cline / 04.22.2017[…]

Mycenoan Crete: Archaeological Evidence for the Athenian Connection

Mycenaean Grave Circle A / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Andrew J. Koh / 04.27.2016 Professor of Classical Studies Brandeis University Classical Inquiries Introduction As a budding doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, I was sternly, and repeatedly, warned that the Scylla of Aegean prehistory was the search for ethnicity in the archaeological record—i.e., equating[…]

Of Piers, Polltaxes and Parliament: Articulating Status and Occupation in Late Medieval England

  By Dr. L.R. Poos and Dr. Martha D. Rust Poos: Professor of History, Late Medieval and Early Modern England, The Catholic University of America Rust: Associate Professor of English, New York University 5 (2016) Abstract We examine the articulation and vocabulary of a newly complex social order demarcated by occupation and status in England[…]

Aristotle’s Ideal Regime as Utopia

By Dr. Steven Thomason Assistant Professor of Political Science Ouachita Baptist University Presentations and Lectures 6 (3-2016) Presented at the Southwest Political Science Conference, Las Vegas, March 2016 Although Aristotle’s ideal regime discussed in books seven and eight of his Politics seems much more feasible and less utopian than the regime outlined in Plato’s Republic,[…]

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The Great Depression, 1929-1932

Figure 25.1 In 1935, American photographer Berenice Abbott photographed these shanties, which the unemployed in Lower Manhattan built during the depths of the Great Depression. (credit: modification of work by Works Progress Administration) By Dr. P. Scott Corbett, et.al. / 12.2014 Professor of History Ventura College Introduction On March 4, 1929, at his presidential inauguration,[…]

Vikings in East Anglia: Conquest and Impact

Restoration of the Sutton Hoo helmet / National Trust, London Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.22.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief East Anglia had a special relationship with the Vikings. They attacked this region many times and settled here in large numbers. For generations they ruled it as part of the Danelaw (a geographic region where Danish[…]

An Honest Bed: The Scene of Life and Death in Late Medieval England

    By Dr. Katherine French (left), Dr. Kathryn Smith (center), and Dr. Sarah Stanbury (right) French: J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, University of Michigan Smith: Professor of Art History, New York University Stanbury: Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities, College of the Holy Cross 5 (2016) Abstract Our article explores the bed as[…]

The Jazz Age: Redefining the Nation, 1919-1929

Figure 24.1 The illustrations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age, drawn by John Held, Jr., epitomized the carefree flapper era of the 1920s. By Dr. P. Scott Corbett, et.al. / 12.2014 Professor of History Ventura College Introduction Following the hardships of the immediate postwar era, the United States embarked upon one of[…]

Why Can’t Cats Resist Thinking Inside the Box?

Next best thing to a hidey-hole box? / Maggie Villiger, Creative Commons By Dr. Nicholas Dodman / 04.17.2017 Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Pharmacology and Animal Behavior Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on[…]

Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum of Athens

By Carole Raddato / 04.29.2014 Historian The Acropolis Museum in Athens celebrated the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s accession with the presentation of an exquisite portrait of the Emperor found in Syngrou Avenue and of an interesting video which showcased the Emperor’s immense building program in Athens. The presentation run from 15th January to 31st March[…]

The Story and Labors of Hercules

The Tower of Hercules overview / Wikimedia Commons One of the most popular of Greek heroes, Hercules (“Herakles”) was celebrated in stories, sculptures, paintings, and even in the geography of the ancient world. Perseus Project Classics Department Tufts University The Life and Times of Hercules Stories about the gods, called myths, were made up thousands[…]

Americans and the Great War, 1914-1919

Figure 23.1 Return of the Useless (1918), by George Bellows, is an example of a kind of artistic imagery used to galvanize reluctant Americans into joining World War I. The scene shows German soldiers unloading and mistreating imprisoned civilians after their return home to Belgium from German forced-labor camps. By Dr. P. Scott Corbett, et.al.[…]

Mindfulness for People Who are Too Busy to Meditate

By Maria Gonzalez / 04.18.2014 Founder and Director, Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Harvard Business Review Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be[…]

The History of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World

Great Mosque at Damascus (Photo: G. Lewis) Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.12.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief A Beginner’s Guide Introduction to Islam By Dr. Elizabeth Macauley-Lewis Assistant Professor, Graduate Center of Liberal Studies City University of New York Origins and the life of Muhammad the Prophet Islam, Judaism and Christianity are three of the world’s[…]

Pagan Shrines and Temples of Ancient Rome

The Roman temple Maison Carré of Nimes, France, built 19-16 BCE, dedicated to Gaius and Lucius, the grandsons of Augustus / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Rodolfo Lanciani Professor of Roman Topography (1878-1927) Università di Roma Ancient guide-books of Rome, published in the middle of the fourth century,[34] mention four hundred and twenty-four temples, three hundred[…]

Coercing Morality in Puritan Massachusetts

Stocks / Photo by BabelTowers, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Murray Rothbard From Conceived in Liberty (1975) Perhaps the bluntest expression of the Puritan ideal of theocracy was the Rev. Nathaniel Ward’s The Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America (1647). Returning to England to take part in the Puritan ferment there, this Massachusetts divine was horrified[…]