Some Fatherly Advice from the King

Portrait of King George I from the studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1714 / National Portrait Gallery, London By Dr. Richard Aspin / 08.08.2016 Head of Research Wellcome Library What right do we have to subject our children to potentially dangerous medical intervention in the interests of sparing them from a devastating disease that they may never[…]

The Concept of ‘Oriental Despotism’ from Aristotle to Marx

Terracotta Army detail, Xi’an, China / Photo by Peter Morgan, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Rolando Minuti / 05.03.2012 Fernand Braudel Fellow, Professor of History European University Institute Abstract The concept of Oriental Despotism has shaped the European interpretation and representation of Asiatic governments and societies for many centuries. Its origins can be found in Aristotelian[…]

A Lasting War: Representing Troy in Ancient Greece and Medieval Europe

The Sack of Troy: A warrior kills Astyanax, son of Hektor, dealing the final blow to the Trojan dynasty. Image: Detail from a Water Jar with the Sack of Troy (Iliupersis), Greek, about 520–500 B.C. Black-figured hydria attributed to the Leagros Group. Terracotta. Staatliche Antikensammlung und Glyptothek München Both medieval illuminators and Greek vase-painters represented the Trojan[…]