Chambers of Art and Wonders in Early Modern Europe

The Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in His Gallery at Brussels, by David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) 1651. / Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna As collection rooms based on a universalist approach to art and artifacts, the chambers of art and wonders (Wunderkammern) were characteristic of the pre-modern era. By Gabriele Beßler / 07.16.2015 Art Historian Abstract As collection[…]

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

Depiction of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians (r. 911-918 CE), in the cartulary of Abingdon Abbey (British Library Cotton MS Claudius B VI, f.14). / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 03.07.2018 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Introduction Aethelflaed (r. 911-918 CE) was the daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 871-899 CE) and became[…]

The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used in Ancient Times

The Pantheon dome – made entirely out of concrete. MatthiasKabel/wikimedia, CC BY-SA Think atomic theory was invented in the 19th century? Try 5th century BCE. By Dr. Mark Lorch / 02.02.2016 Senior Lecturer in Biological Chemistry Associate Dean for Engagement University of Hull The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously[…]

Hippocrates Didn’t Write the Oath, So Why is He the Father of Medicine?

Not the one we have fixed in our imaginations. Peter Paul Rubens, 1638 Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, enemy of superstition, pioneer ofrationality and fount of eternal wisdom. By Dr. Helen King / 10.02.2014 Professor of Classical Studies The Open University Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, enemy of superstition, pioneer of rationality and fount of eternal wisdom. Statues and drawings show him with a furrowed[…]

Excavating Etruscan Acquarossa

A revetment plaque depicting dancers. Terracotta, Portico Building A, Acquarossa. 6th century BCE. (National Etruscan Museum of Viterbo, Italy). / Dan Diffendale, Flickr, Creative Commons By Mark Cartwright / 02.03.2017 Introduction Acquarossa, located in the north of Italy’s Lazio region, is the site of an Etruscan settlement of unknown name. Although much smaller than other, more famous Etruscan towns, Acquarossa has proved invaluable[…]

The First Brexit: When Britain Geologically Separated from Europe

Artist’s impression of waterfalls pouring over the original land bridge connecting England with France. CREDIT: Imperial College London/Chase Stone Almost half a million years ago a huge flood started breaking the apart the land bridge that joined England and France. By Dr. Simon Redfern / 04.04.2017 Professor in Earth Sciences University of Cambridge As Brexit looms, Earth scientists have[…]