Oral Tradition: The Oldest True Stories in the World

Evidence gathered in recent years shows that some ancient narratives contain remarkably reliable records of real events. Nothing stirred in the relentless midday heat. The gum trees appeared exhausted, nearly drained of life. The hunters crouched in the foliage, their long, sharp spears poised to unleash at a moment’s notice. The giant birds that were[…]

Steampunk for Historians

Besides its striking visual characteristics, we might also consider steampunk a novel and popular way of “doing” history. Most people recognize the distinctive visual iconography of steampunk, which has made steady inroads into film, television, and music videos since the late 1990s. Gears, goggles, vests, corsets—these and many other modified and imagined brass gadgets are[…]

The Origin and History of the BCE/CE Dating System

The use of BCE/CE certainly has become more common in recent years but it is not a new invention of the “politically correct” nor is it even all that new, first appearing in 17th-century Germany and 18th-century England. Introduction In recent years, a persistent criticism has been leveled against the use of the BCE/CE system[…]