To Uphold the World: The Economic Thought of Ashoka and Kautilya

The systems created in Ancient India by Kautilya (above), a ruthless technocratic economist, were mitigated by Ashoka, a compassionate Buddhist who ruled from 269 to 232 BCE. Creative Commons. Historical precedents for a global ethic of care. By Bruce Rich, J.D. / 03.01.2011 Visiting Scholar Environmental Law Institute Ancient Inscriptions Tell of an Astonishing King[…]

The ‘Middle’ Ages: What’s in a Name?

15th Century medieval marketplace / Wikimedia Commons Like many European concepts, the Middle Ages is one which eventually reached all parts of the world, shaping how people think about Europe and its people. By Dr. Miri Rubin Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History Queen Mary University of London Introduction Like many European concepts the[…]

Virginia Woolf’s Haunted Walk

By Liz Matthews / 06.20.2018 Art Historian, Artist Wednesday 23 June 1937 I went shopping, whitebait hunting to Selfridges yesterday, & it grew roasting hot, & I was in black … As I reached 52 [Tavistock Square], a long trail of fugitives—like a caravan in a desert—came through the square: Spaniards flying from Bilbao, which[…]

Santorini Eruption: Did Pyroclastic Flows Cause Devastating Bronze Age Tsunamis?

All one volcano. Steve Jurvetson, CC BY The nine metre-high waves that smashed into Minoan civilisation on Crete weren’t caused by the volcano collapsing. By Dr. Matthew Pound / 11.08.2016 Lecturer in Physical Geography Northumbria University, Newcastle Take the ferry to the beautiful Greek islands of Santorini and you will sail into a truly unique landscape forged by a[…]

Senātus Populusque Rōmānus: The Roman World

Philippe Remacle, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.20.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – The Etruscans 1.1 – The Origins of Etruria The Etruscans were a Mediterranean civilization during the 6th to 3rd century BCE, from whom the Romans derived a great deal of cultural influence. 1.1.1 – Introduction Those who subscribe to an Italic[…]

Ancient Egyptian Science and Technology

By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 03.18.2016 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Introduction The great temples and monuments of ancient Egypt continue to fascinate and amaze people in the modern day. The sheer size and scope of structures like the Great Pyramid at Giza or the Temple of Amun at Karnak or the Colossi of[…]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Public and Private Revolutions

Photograph of Emerson in later life / Wikimedia Commons   By Dr. David M. Robinson and Dr. Jean McClure Mudge / 09.15.2015 Robinson: Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Director of the Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University Mudge: Scholar and Researcher of American Studies The “New Thinking”: Nature, Self, and Society, 1836-1850 By Dr.[…]

Judge Rules Mississippi Clerks Can’t Use Religious Beliefs To Deny Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Reuters / 06.28.2016 A federal judge on Monday ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on religious beliefs, despite a bill passed by the state legislature intended to carve out that exception for them. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said that the recusals on religious[…]

Men in White Hoods Reportedly Spray-Paint Pro-Trump Racist Graffiti on UCSD Campus

CBS8 Screen Capture By Randa Morris / 04.10.2016 Students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are demanding campus officials identify the individuals responsible for spray-painting racist graffiti, along with pro-Donald Trump messages, on campus property overnight on Saturday. According to the local CBS affiliate, the vandalism was carried out by five men wearing[…]

Picturing Don Quixote

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of one of the best-loved and most frequently illustrated books in the history of literature — Don Quixote. Rachel Schmidt explores how the varying approaches to illustrating the tale have reflected and impacted its reading through the centuries. Gustave Doré’s depiction[…]