Ancient Greek Militarization and Colonization Emerging from the ‘Dark Ages’

Greek phalanx illustration / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Donald Kagan / 09.25.2007 Sterling Professor of Classics & History Yale University Militarization An Introduction to the Hoplite Phalanx Wikimedia Commons Emerging from the “Dark Ages”, there was the emergence and the development of the polis, there is Hanson’s theory about the development of the family farm and[…]

‘Ever at Variance and Foolishly Jealous’: Intercolonial Relations before the Revolution

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Warren, by John Singleton Copley, c.1765, oil on canvas / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston By Dr. Joanne Freeman / 01.21.2010 Professor of History and American Studies Yale University Introduction “Ever At Variance and Foolishly Jealous” actually comes from a colonist named Joseph Warren who was writing to a friend, probably[…]

‘Very Idle and Debauched’

Painting of a 17th century pharmacy, showing both men and women working, with a wide variety of equipment including alchemical apparatus for distillation. Oil on canvas. Artist unknown. / Chemical Heritage Foundation, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jonathan Healey / 06.09.2013 Associate Professor of Social History University of Oxford There’s a fascinating story in the papers[…]

Jean Jacques Rousseau: Popular Sovereignty, General Will, State of Nature, and Education

Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, by Maurice Quentin de La Tour, late-18th century, pastel on paper / Musée Antoine-Lécuyer By Dr. Iván Szelényi / 09.17.2008 Professor Emeritus of Sociology Yale University Popular Sovereignty and the General Will Rousseau in a Historical Context 1714 View of Basel, Bale, Geneva / Village Antiques, Creative Commons Jean Jacques Rousseau[…]

Akhenaten and Monotheism

By Dr. Mark Damen / 07.25.2015 Professor of Ancient Drama, Ancient History, Latin and Greek Languages Utah State University Introduction: The History of Monotheism in Antiquity We in the western world today tend to associate monotheism with our own traditions, as if it were originally the invention of our European ancestors. It wasn’t. Ancient Semitic[…]

The Nasca Geoglyphs

Hummigbird, Nasca Geoglyph, over 300 feet in length, formed approximately 2000 years ago (photo: Diego Delso) By Dr. Jayne Yantz / 10.04.2016 Professor of Art History Rowan College Located in the desert on the South Coast of Peru, the Nasca Geoglyphs are among the world’s largest drawings. Also referred to as the Nasca Lines, they[…]

Geographic Settings, Prevalence, and Influence of Modern Religions

By Dr. Michel Clasquin-Johnson / 01.19.2017 Professor of Religious Studies University of South Africa Religion in Africa The three religio-political regions of Africa In Africa, religion is particularly strong. We can see Africa as a continent that is divided into three distinct regions: North Africa This region, which includes the vast Sahara desert, was conquered[…]

Byzantium: The Continuation of the Roman Empire in the East

Hagia Sopia interior dome / Istanbul (ancient/medieval Constantinople) Lecture by Dr. Paul H. Freedman / 11.07.2011 Chester D. Tripp Professor of History Chair, History of Science and Medicine Program Yale University Introduction The Byzantine Empire under Justinian / Wikimedia Commons Here I have a kind of periodization. We’ve spoken about Justinian’s expansion. Very shortly after[…]

Timgad and Leptis Magna: Roman Art and Architecture in Northern Africa

Roman Theatre at Leptis Magna / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana Kleiner / 04.02.2009 Dunham Professor, History of Classics and Art Yale University Timgad: The Ideal Second-Century Colony in Roman North Africa Septimius Severus painted tondo / Antikensammlung, Berlin Lucius Septimius Severus was emperor of Rome between 193 and 211 A.D. And we see[…]