Eye on Society: Doing Sociological Research

Photo by Anne-Lise Heinrichs, Flickr, Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.06.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction In the late 1990s, Oregon had one of the highest rates of hunger among the 50 states, and a higher rate than would have been expected from its more average level of poverty. Sociologist Mark S. Edwards of[…]

The Caladrius, Harbinger of Hope or Despair in the Medieval Bestiary

Caladrius Birds (detail) in a bestiary, 1278–1300, unknown illuminator, Franco-Flemish. Tempera colors, pen and ink, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment, 9 3/16 × 6 7/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 4, fol. 45v. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program A mythical bird that foretold if you would[…]

The Bonnacon, Laughing Stock of the Medieval Bestiary

A Bonnacon (detail) in the Northumberland Bestiary, about 1250–60, unknown illuminator, made in England. Pen-and-ink drawing tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment, 8 1/4 × 6 3/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 100, fol. 26v. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program This mythical medieval creature burns attackers with[…]

The Uncertain Origins of the Modern Marathon

The modern marathon distance comes from the 1908 London Olympics. Shutterstock The story behind the marathon is more complicated than it seems. By Dr. James Kierstead / 08.27.2017 Lecturer in Classics Victoria University of Wellington Last November [2016], I ran my first marathon, the “Athens Authentic”. I did it mainly because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the world’s[…]

Tutankhamun’s Dagger Made from a Meteorite

Fallen star sword. Daniella Comelli/University of Pisa Research has confirmed a knife found in the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb was made with metal from the heavens. By Dr. Diane Johnson / 06.03.2016 Post-Doctoral Research Associate Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Scientists have long speculated that the ancient Egyptians used metal from meteorites to make iron objects. Now an analysis of[…]