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Curated Stories From Antiquity to Contemporary Art

The Rotunda Of Galerius: The Small Pantheon Of Greece

  The center of the second largest Greek city, Thessaloniki, is dominated by a mighty brick round structure with a conical roof – the ancient...

The Tragedy Of Greek Goddesses: Feminism In Ancient Greece

  Women in Greece were oppressed, there’s no doubt about it. But what most people don’t realize is, that so too, were the Goddesses. Ironically,...

Emperor Caligula: Madman Or Misunderstood?

  Historians describe emperor Caligula’s reign in unsettling terms. This was a man who made his horse a consul, who emptied the imperial treasury, imposed...

Was Constantine a ‘Great’ Emperor?

  With tongue presumably firmly in cheek, the unknown author of the collection of biographies known as the Historia Augusta purports to present his lives...

Origins of Japan’s Anti-Establishment Butoh Dance

  Butoh or Buto, in literal Japanese translation, means dance (bu), step (toh). Butoh dance was founded in Japan in the late 1950s. From its...

5 Extraordinary Medieval Women

  Medieval Women are often overlooked as having little to no influence in their period. However, upon closer inspection, this is not the case. Here...

Serapis And Isis: Religious Syncretism In The Greco-Roman World

  After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, the Greek world entered a period of expansive trade and the spread of Hellenistic...

Marcus Licinius Crassus: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Wealthiest Man

  When he died in 53 BC, Marcus Licinius Crassus was one of the most important men in the Roman Republic. His career was nothing...

The Great Westernizer: How Peter the Great Earned His Name

  Innovative, intelligent, and physically imposing: these are a few adjectives that describe Russia’s great Emperor Peter the Great (r. 1682-1725). Known as the Great...

9 Greatest Foes Of The Achaemenid Empire

  For over two centuries of conquest, the Achaemenid Empire battled several famous enemies. From the Median King Astyages to Scythian rulers like Queen Tomyris,...

The Resolute Desk: The Story Behind the Iconic Oval Office Fixture

  The Resolute Desk is a mainstay feature of the Oval Office. Since its first use in that office by President Kennedy, the desk has...

9 Famous Antiquities Collectors from History

  Defined simply as objects from the ancient world, antiquities span a vast range of places, periods, and media. While the Western trade is primarily...

Kazimir Malevich: Understanding Suprematism Art

If you're interested in the history of modern art you must have seen an image of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square a thousand times! It...

Who Were the Flavian Emperors? (8 Facts)

  The Flavian Emperors left their mark on Roman history. Their reforms led to stability and their massive building campaigns are still visited by millions...