Helen King, The Open University The ancient Greeks are widely seen as having been the founders of Western medicine more than 2,000 years ago. But since then our understanding of … Continue Reading Five Things the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us About Medicine Today
Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway London, Paris and New York are global cities: modern hubs for travel, technology and trade, their names and images echo around the globe, capturing our imaginations … Continue Reading Three Ancient Cities to Rival London, Paris and New York
Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C., engineers in … Continue Reading Robots Guarded Buddha’s Relics in a Legend of Ancient India
Helen King, The Open University Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, enemy of superstition, pioneer of rationality and fount of eternal wisdom. Statues and drawings show him with a … Continue Reading Hippocrates Didn’t Write The Oath, So Why Is he The Father of Medicine?
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University Sometime in the 9th century AD, a monk in the Benedictine monastery of Fulda in modern Germany copied out an extensive Latin history into Carolingian minuscule, … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Tacitus’ Annals and its Enduring Portrait of Monarchical Power
Margaret Clunies Ross, University of Sydney The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which … Continue Reading Explainer: The Gods Behind the Days of the Week
Julia Kindt, University of Sydney Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War breaks off before the story is over. After detailing the armed conflict between the Athenians and the Spartans (and … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War
Michelle Langley, Griffith University and Geoffrey Clark, Australian National University Four small artefacts found on the island of Tongatapu, Tonga are among the earliest tattooing equipment known. Two have been … Continue Reading World’s Oldest Tattooist’s Toolkit Found in Tonga Contains Implements Made of Human Bone
Esther Eidinow, University of Bristol When something unexpected happens to us we still tend to ask “why me?” – and it’s difficult to know where to look for an answer. … Continue Reading Oracles and Models: Ancient and Modern Ways of Telling The Future
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, University of Roehampton Every two years, when the Winter or Summer Olympics comes around, we hear about how the games staged at Olympia … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome: Did Christians Ban The Ancient Olympics?
Louise Pryke, Macquarie University “Forget death and seek life!” With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first heroic catchphrase. At the … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University Homer’s Iliad is usually thought of as the first work of European literature, and many would say, the greatest. It tells part of the saga … Continue Reading Guide to the classics: Homer’s Iliad
Eve MacDonald, University of Reading The papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political … Continue Reading The Fake News That Sealed the Fate of Antony and Cleopatra
Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland and Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University ‘CHRISTIANS TO THE LIONS!’ rang without end through all quarters of the city. So writes Henryk Sienkiewicz in his … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Throwing Christians to the Lions
Roland Enmarch, University of Liverpool What began as an expedition to record the inscriptions of ancient Egyptian quarry workers produced a remarkable discovery about the Great Pyramid at Giza. My … Continue Reading Great Pyramid: How My Research on Ancient Egyptian Poetry Led To An Amazing Discovery
Emily Anhalt, Sarah Lawrence College What makes a good leader? This question confronts us at every election and with every domestic and international policy decision. As a professor of classical … Continue Reading Ancient Greek Wisdom For Today’s Leadership Crisis