Religious Responses to Satire since Ancient Greece

Condemnation of satirists has often taken the form of censorship, public humiliation, imprisonment, and even death. Satire as Criticism Indeed, condemnation of satirists has more commonly taken the form of censorship, public humiliation and imprisonment. Aristophanes, who wrote satiric plays 2,400 years ago, was condemned during his lifetime for his depictions of citizens of Athens.[…]

A Brief History of ‘Sacred Violence’ since the Ancient World

From ancient world to the crusades of the medieval period to today, people have sought ways to ‘sanctify’ harmful actions. Introduction Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany, white supremacists marching in the U.S. and elsewhere have in recent years displayed crosses embellished with the Latin phrase “Deus Vult” – “God wills it.” Taken[…]

Ancient Greek Classics on Grief and the Importance of Mourning the Dead

Memories of the past were an important guide to the future. This is in part why the funeral oration became so important in Athenian life. Introduction As a scholar of classical studies, I tend to look to the past to help understand the present. Ancient literature, especially ancient Greek epics, explore what it means to[…]

The Power of Branding, a Look at Several Industries

In the business world, branding has almost become a “buzzword” that gets tossed around inside board rooms. With social media being as prevalent as it is, companies are more conscious than ever about the image they send out. Branding comes down to the inspiration behind your business, and the story or image you cultivate around it.[…]

A History of Gambling in the United States

A look at gambling and gaming since the colonial period. Colonial Gambling Games of chance came to the British-American colonies with the first settlers.[1] Attitudes toward gambling varied greatly from community to community, but there were no large-scale restrictions on the practice at the time. By the 1680s, an emerging upper class in Virginia cemented[…]