The Rise of the Polis in Ancient Greece

Ancient Athens aerial / Framepool Stock Footage Lecture by Dr. Donald Kagan / 09.18.2007 Sterling Professor of Classics & History Yale University Defining Arete Head of Odysseus from a Roman period Hellenistic marble group representing Odysseus blinding Polyphemus, found at the villa of Tiberius at Sperlonga. / Museo Archeologico Nazionale I have spoken about the world[…]

Bigger Is Better: The Baths of Caracalla and Other Second- and Third-Century Buildings in Rome

Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 03.31.2009 Dunham Professor, History of Art and Classics Yale University A Brick Tomb for Annia Regilla on the Via Appia From the time of Julius Caesar, we have seen the rulers of Rome brag about building buildings[…]

Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging

Introducing the amendment on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders asked his senate colleagues if they “have the guts finally to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and their lobbyists and their campaign contributions and fight for the American consumer?” (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI) Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that[…]

Confucianism: The Way of the Gentleman

Statue of Confucius at Wen Miao the Confucian temple in Shanghai / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Michel Clasquin-Johnson / 01.19.2017 Professor of Religious Studies University of South Africa INTRODUCTION Confucius / Wikimedia Commons This great ethical and philosophical system is named after its founder, K’ung Fu‑tzu (or Master K’ung), an ethical philosopher of the late[…]

Taoism: The Way

A stone sculpture of Laozi, located north of Quanzhou at the foot of Mount Qingyuan / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Michel Clasquin-Johnson / 01.19.2017 Professor of Religious Studies University of South Africa INTRODUCING TAOISM A Western Han (202 BCE – 9 CE) fresco depicting Confucius and Laozi, from a tomb of Dongping County, Shandong province,[…]

Galileo: From Pisa to Proscription

Portrait of Galileo by Justus Sustermans, 1636, oil on canvas / National Maritime Museum, London, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Albert Van Helden Professor Emeritus of History Rice University Overview Galileo Facing the Roman Inquisition, by Cristiano Banti, 1857, oil on canvas / University of Missouri, Creative Commons Galileo’s Early Life Galileo was born in Pisa,[…]