Coffee Shop Society in 17th Century London

Interior of a London Coffee-house; maid in white lace frontage behind canopied bar and manservant taking clay pipes from a chest, at centre, another servant pouring coffee, to right, group of men seated on benches with newspapers and cups, in background, fire with cauldron, various paintings and notices on wall, c.1690-1700 / British Museum, London[…]

Life on Earth is Used to Gravity – So What Happens to Our Cells and Tissues in Space?

Look ma, no gravity! / NASA By Andy Tay / 03.09.2017 PhD Candidate in Bioengineering University of California, Los Angeles There’s one force whose effects are so deeply entrenched in our everyday lives that we probably don’t think much about it at all: gravity. Gravity is the force that causes attraction between masses. It’s why[…]

Yoroi-kizome, Genbuku and Taking the Tonsure: Rites of Passage among the Bushi in Feudal Japan

Japan’s last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837-1913) / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Catharina Blomberg Researcher in Asian Studies Stockholm University The earliest written records extant in Japan were compiled during the Nara period (710-781 A.D.). They are the Kojiki, “Record of Ancient Matters”, 712 A.D.; the Nihongi or Nihon Shoki, “Chronicle of Japan”, 720 A.D.; and[…]

The Metamorphoses of Danaë: From Venal to Virtuous to Voluptuous Woman

Danaë, 1621–23, Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas, 63 5/8 x 89 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.6 The mythological princess Danaë was one of the most divisive, ever-changing mythological figures in Western art By Davide Gasparotto / 03.01.2016 Senior Curator of Paintings J. Paul Getty Museum One of the most accomplished Italian artists[…]

Eugenics in the Ancient World

As patients came for treatment at the Asclepieion at Epidaurus, they took their offerings to the temple of Asclepius. / British Museum, London By Mary Harrsch / 02.17.2017 Historian Ancient Times Recently, I received a review copy of a new release from Oxford University Press entitled “A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and[…]

When the Telling is the Text: Literacy, Performance, and the Traveling Performer in Pre-Colonial Maharashtra

Veda Performance at TACO Diwali, 2016 / YouTube Screen Capture By Dr. Christian Lee Novetzke / 10.01.2015 Professor of South Asia, Comparative Religion, and International Studies University of Washington In modern scholarship on non-modern, and especially non-Western, subjects, we tend to treat the dialectic between orality and literacy as if all theoretical and historical questions[…]

Mycenaean Residential Architecture: Palaces and Ordinary Housing

Megaron at Pylos / Photo by University of North Carolina By Dr. Jeremy B. Rutter Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities Dartmouth College Distribution and Dating of Mycenaean Palaces Mycenaean palatial structures are now known at the following sites on the Greek Mainland: Megaron ruins at Tiryns / Wikimedia[…]