The Urge to Share News of Our Lives is Neither New Nor Narcissistic

Look at us! / Photo by Lewis Minor, Flickr, Creative Commons People have long used media to see reflections of themselves. By Dr. Lee Humphreys / 09.21.2018 Associate Professor in Communication Cornell University Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water:[…]

Lowell Thomas: The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in America

Despite being largely forgotten today, Lowell Thomas was a pioneering journalist of the 20th century who reshaped news media. (Wikimedia Commons) Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th century. By Lorraine Boissoneault / 06.22.2017 By the time Lowell[…]

Sacred Politics: Inca Huacas for Political and Social Organization

Acequía del Camino Inca entrada a la Huaca de los Monos / Photo by Johnattan Rupire, Wikimedia Commons By incorporating pre-existing Andean beliefs into the official state ideology, the Inca were able to utilize huacas to aid in their political and social expansion. By Dr. Amy B. Scott / 06.24.2011 Assistant Professor of Bioarchaeology University[…]

Templo Mayor: Sacred Precinct of Aztec Tenochtitlan

A model reconstruction of the Temple Mayor at the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. In use from the 14th to early 16th century CE, the huge pyramid was topped by two temples, one dedicated to Tlaloc, the god of rain (north side), the other to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war (south side). (National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City). / Image by Wolfgang Sauber, Wikimedia Commons It was the scene[…]

‘High Style’: Kingship, Parliament, and the English Court, 1350-1405

In the second half of the fourteenth century, petitioners hoping to secure royal grace began addressing the king in an increasingly obsequious and ostentatious manner. By Dr. Gwilym Dodd Associate Professor of History University of Notthingham Abstract In the second half of the fourteenth century, petitioners hoping to secure royal grace began addressing the king[…]

The Reforms of Diocletian and Constantine in the Later Roman Empire

The peristyle (courtyard) of Diocletian’s palace The reforms of Diocletian and Constantine “preserved” the empire, but changed it radically. By Dr. Lynn Harry Nelson Emeritus Professor of Medieval History The University of Kansas The Reforms of Diocletian, 284-305 CE Laureate bust of Diocletian / Photo by G.dallorto, Museo Archaeologico, Wikimedia Commons Political Diocletian divided the[…]