Zenobia: Mighty Ruling Queen of Ancient Palmyra

She challenged Rome by defeating the Roman prefect Tenagino Probus and conquering Egypt. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Zenobia was a Syrian queen (240-after 274 C.E.). After her husband’s death, she became a powerful military leader in her own right, conquering both Egypt and much of the Eastern Roman Empire. The descendant of various royal ancestors, Zenobia became queen[…]

Jab over Java: A New Way of Looking at Building Mental Health

Presenting a new way of understanding and building mental strength. Presentation by Freedom in Thought What is Mental Health? Overview The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines and categorizes mental health as follows (MentalHealth.gov, 05.08.2020, public domain): Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and[…]

Atlas: Titan of Ancient Greek Mythology with the World on His Shoulders

A common misconception today is that Atlas was forced to hold the Earth on his shoulders, but he was actually holding the celestial spheres. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction In Greek mythology, Atlas is a Titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens or sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. Atlas also plays a role in the myths[…]

Heracles: Strongman of Ancient Greek Mythology

The core of the story of Heracles has been identified as originating in Neolithic hunter culture and traditions of shamanistic crossings into the netherworld. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Heracles, born Alcaeus[1] (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides[2], was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, and the foster son of Amphitryon.[3] He was a great-grandson and half-brother (as they are both[…]

A Renaissance Palace in Venice Turned into World’s First Casino

If you think that Las Vegas is the birthplace of grandiose casinos, it’s time to go back to the history books. In fact, the oldest casino in the world is the Casino di Venezia and it dates back to 1638! What’s even more intriguing is that the casino is still in operation today and is[…]