A Greek Warrior’s Tomb 3,500 Years Old Sheds More Evidence on Early Minoan-Mycenaean Interchange

The warrior was buried in an olive grove outside the acropolis of Pylos. Though archaeologist Carl Blegen explored the olive grove in the 1960s, he did not find anything. (Myrto Papadopoulos) By Jo Marchant / January 2017 Smithsonian Magazine They had been digging for days, shaded from the Greek sun by a square of green[…]

The Ancient Egyptian Concept of the Soul

By Dr. Ethan Watrall / 10.27.2014 Assistant Professor of Anthropology Michigan State University To the Ancient Egyptians, the soul was the most important part of a person and it was separated into different parts making up it’s vehicle (the human, it this case).  There was one physical form and eight semi-divine parts which made up[…]

The Axeman Cometh: Fear Grabs New Orleans, 1918-1919

Illustrated map of scenes of the Axe murders, March 1919. / Times-Picayune By Dr. Romeo Vitelli / 09.30.2016 Psychologist Providentia It all began on May 23, 1918 when  the bodies of Joseph Maggio and his wife Catherine were discovered in the apartment they shared above their New Orleans grocery store.   Joseph’s two brothers, Jake[…]

The Science of Connection

By Fritjof Capra / 02.05.2017 Modern Science is Realising the World is a Living Network One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, is a concept that has been conveyed by poets, philosophers and spiritual teachers throughout the ages. One of its most beautiful expressions is found in the celebrated speech attributed to Chief Seattle of the[…]

History of the Soviet Union, 1939-1943: Gerasimov to Territorial Annexations

By Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum / 09.24.2015 Professor of Russian and European History Michigan State University Aleksandr Gerasimov Stalin and Voroshilov at the Kremlin, by Aleksandr Gerasmiov (1938) / From An Illustrated History of Russia, by Joel Carmichael Aleksandr Gerasimov (1881-1963) ended the decade with his pocket full and his nerves jangling. Once a founding member[…]

A Hebrew Troubadour in Spain?

Alfonso X of Castile and his court, as shown in the 12th-century Libro de los Juegos / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. David A. Wacks / 01.28.2011 Professor of Spanish Department of Romance Languages University of Oregon Troubadours were Western Europe’s first highbrow poets to sing in the vernacular (French, Portuguese, German, etc.) as opposed to[…]

Education and Literacy in Early Modern England

Old Grammar School, Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Founded in 1607 by Robert Smyth (a bus stop today) / Wikimedia Commons While there were distinct hierarchies of learning in the period (with women and the lower orders having far fewer educational opportunities open to them than other members of the social order), this was genuinely[…]