The Aristocratic Ethos of the Roman Republic

Cicero denounces Catiline, who sought to overthrow the Roman Republic, fresco by Cesare Maccari, 1889 / Palazzo Madama, Rome By Dr. Nicholas K. Rauh Professor of Classics Purdue University Flowchart of the Roman government / Author provided The results of the constitutional developments at Rome were best expressed by the Republican acronym, SPQR, Senatus Populusque[…]

Ancient Religious World Views

Procession of twelve gods and goddesses. The figures from left to right are: Hestia (goddess of the hearth), with scepter; Hermes (messenger of the gods), with cap and staff; Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty), with veil; Ares (god of war), with helmet and spear; Demeter (goddess of agriculture), with scepter and wheat sheaf; Hephaestus[…]

Archaic Greece and the Emergence of Tyranny

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), attributed to the Amasis Painter, c.540 BCE / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York By Dr. Nicholas K. Rauh Professor of Classics Purdue University Migrations during the Dark Age Era Reed College Similarities in dialect and cultural attributes indicate a pattern of small scale, gradual migration from the Greek mainland across[…]

‘Discarded History’ Exhibition Lifts the Lid on 1,000 Years of Medieval History

From the collection / Cambridge University Library Treasures from the world’s largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts – chronicling 1,000 years of history in Old Cairo – have gone on display in Cambridge today for a six-month-long exhibition at Cambridge University Library. 04.27.2017 Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo opens to[…]