The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus: The ‘Zeus’ of Rome, King of the Gods

Reconstruction (courtesy Dr. Bernard Frischer, Rome Reborn), Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus (Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus) Rome, Italy, sixth century B.C.E. through fifth century C.E. By Dr. Andrew Findley / 09.27.2016 Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities Ivy Tech Community College A temple on a hill Like the Etruscans and Greeks before them, the[…]

Archaeology: Troy and Heinrich Schliemann

Dig at Troy / Wikimedia Commons While digs at ancient sites have in general revealed much important information about what-really-happened-in-the-past, archaeology is still a mixture of science and art, with a hefty helping of media relations thrown in. Its usefulness to historians in particular depends on the sensible assessment of the data recovered. Flashy treasure-hunts[…]

The History of Life: The Views of Aristotle and His Predecessors

By Dr. John S. Wilkins / 08.05.2016 Honorary Research Fellow University of Melbourne Nature versus Humanity Before there was a literate, and philosophical, historical record, humans existed at least some 80,000 years. Around 12,500 years ago in the region surrounding Anatolia in modern Turkey, agriculture slowly began (the Neolithic Revolution, which spread across Eurasia over[…]

Remembering the Caribsea

The motor merchant Caribsea prior to World War II. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, Great Lakes Maritime History Project, October 2013. By Jonathan Hoppe / 11.06.2016 Historian Just after midnight on March 11, 1942, 22-year-old Jim Gaskill, second mate of the ore freighter Caribsea, went off watch and turned in for the[…]

Foundations of Modern Social Theory

Auguste Comte, Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber By Dr. Iván Szelényi / 09.03.2008 Professor Emeritus of Sociology Yale University Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Approach I am going to introduce you to some of the Founding Fathers–I’m afraid they are all fathers right, no mothers among them; I will tell you why not–of modern social[…]

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History of Controversy

An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren By Dr. Jonathan Sandowsky / 01.12.2017 Theodore J. Castele Professor of Medical History Case Western Reserve University Carrie Fisher’s ashes are in an urn designed to look like a Prozac pill. It’s fitting that in death[…]

The Reign of Justinian

Emperor Justinian and his retinue, Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, 527-457 CE, mosaic / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Paul H. Freedman / 09.28.2011 Chester D. Tripp Professor of History Chair, History of Science and Medicine Program Yale University Primary Sources: Procopius and Gregory of Tours   Left: Procopius on Justinian mosaic, Basilica of San Vitale,[…]

Accessing Afterlife: Tombs of Roman Aristocrats, Freedmen, and Slaves

Tombs on the Appian Way, Rome / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 02.12.2009 Dunham Professor, History of Art and Classics Yale University Augustus’ Family Mausoleum We are going to be looking at a number of quite eclectic monuments today, very different monuments, one from the next, and they’re full of surprises.[…]