Filioque and the Latin-Greek ‘Great Schism’ of 1054

The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople, by Eugene Delacroix, 1840 / Louvre Museum, Wikimedia Commons The Great Schism, also called the East-West Schism, divided Christendom into Western (Latin) and Eastern (Greek) branches. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.20.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The Great Schism, also called the East-West Schism, divided Christendom into[…]

Iconoclasm across Cultures from Antiquity to Modernity

Desecrated Christian icons in Turkey / Photo by Georges Jansoone JoJan, Göreme Valley Open Air Museum, Cappadocia, Wikimedia Commons Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction of religious icons or monuments, usually for religious or political motives.  In common parlance, an iconoclast is a person who challenges cherished beliefs or traditional institutions as being based on error[…]

Genocide in the Ancient World

Brysa Hill ruins / Creative Commons Genocide is often viewed as a particular feature of our own current age.  Nothing could be further from the truth. By Gerard Mulligan / 01.27.2013 Introduction Genocide is often viewed as a particular feature of our own current age. This perception largely stems from the terrible events which took[…]

Evidence of a Prehistoric Massacre Extends the History of Warfare

Skeletal remains of a group of foragers massacred around 10,000 years ago on the shores of a lagoon is unique evidence of a violent encounter between clashing groups of ancient hunter-gatherers, and suggests the “presence of warfare” in late Stone Age foraging societies. The fossilised bones of a group of prehistoric hunter-gatherers who were massacred[…]