The Rise of the Automobile

By Dr. David Blanke Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History Texas A&M University-Corpus Christie U.S. history textbooks typically relate early automobile use from the perspective of three distinct narratives. One focuses on Henry Ford, the inventor of the Model T and founder of Ford Motor Company. Ford was a hands-on mechanic who enjoyed tinkering with[…]

Ten Things to Know about the Real St. Patrick

Saint Patrick. Thad Zajdowicz By Dr. Lisa Bitel / 01.16.2018 Professor of History and Religion Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California On March 17, people around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by parading in green hats, sporting images of shamrocks and leprechauns – tiny, grinning, fairy men – pinned to their lapels. Patrick’s[…]

Rome in the East: Art and Architecture of the Byzantine Empire

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (then Constantinople) / Photo by Arild Vågen, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.15.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Early Byzantine Art and Architecture 1.1 – Introduction The Byzantine Empire began as a continuation of the Roman Empire but gradually became distinct through cultural changes. 1.1.1 – The East-West Schism[…]

Has History Got Roman Emperor Tiberius All Wrong?

Tiberius post-conservation on view at the Getty Villa. Statue of Tiberius (detail), Roman, A.D. 37, Bronze, 96 7/8 in. (246 cm) high. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro Rome’s second emperor may have been far less monstrous and depraved than the[…]