Jane Alexander’s ‘Butcher Boys’: Art, Trauma, and Political Violence

They are unnameable beings without classification. They are neither man nor beast but rather both. Men or Beasts? Inside the Iziko South African National Gallery there are three monstrous figures that sit casually on a wooden bench thoroughly indifferent to their environment. Their indifference confounds gallery-goers who struggle to answer questions such as: Are these[…]

Monsters and Mythical Beasts: An Introduction to the Medieval Bestiary

A bestiary, or “book of beasts”, was an attempt to describe the world as it was known (or imagined) in combination with allegory. In the Middle Ages, animal stories were immensely popular throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The people of the time were, of course, dependent on wild and domestic animals for[…]

A Brief History of Law since the Ancient World

Looking at legal institutions as complex systems of rules, players and symbols interacting with society. Introduction Legal history or the history of law is the study of how law has evolved and why it has changed. Legal history is closely connected to the development of civilisations and operates in the wider context of social history.[…]

8 Good Reasons Why We Ought To Read Classic Books

There are so many health benefits associated with reading books, and for your information, not just any books. You’ll want to ensure that the books you feed your mind with are enriching, relative, and expansive. Reading has been shown to help reduce stress, boost cognitive functions, and an overall improvement in your wellness. However, finding[…]

Cannabis Use Throughout History: How We Came to Love CBD

Recently, CBD oil and other CBD supplement products have gained a tremendous amount of attention, quickly becoming one of the most widely used natural supplements. CBD is not new, though; people have been using the cannabinoids contained with cannabis plants throughout history for their healing properties. Historians have found evidence that CBD and cannabis plants[…]