Rebecca Hausler, The University of Queensland and Tomoko Aoyama, The University of Queensland Celebrating its millennial anniversary in 2008, The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a masterpiece of Japanese … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: The Tale of Genji, a 1,000-Year-Old Japanese Masterpiece
Ancient DNA is a Powerful Tool for Studying the Past – When Archaeologists and Geneticists Work Together
Elizabeth Sawchuk, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York) and Mary Prendergast, Saint Louis University – Madrid DNA has moved beyond esoteric science and into the center of … Continue Reading Ancient DNA is a Powerful Tool for Studying the Past – When Archaeologists and Geneticists Work Together
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?
Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Peter Stratton, The University of Queensland Captain Marvel flies into movie theatres from today, and apart from introducing a great new hero who … Continue Reading Remember Blockbuster, Nirvana and Pagers? The New Captain Marvel Lives in the 1990s
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
Suleiman Mourad, Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées (RFIEA) What if the Crusades’ history was told from an Arab perspective? In fact, in 2016 al-Jazeera TV did just that. It … Continue Reading Understanding The Crusades From An Islamic Perspective
Asvi Warman Adam, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Between October 1965 and March 1966, members and supporters of Indonesia’s Communist Party (PKI), the third largest in the world at the … Continue Reading How Indonesia’s 1965-1966 Anti-Communist Purge Remade a Nation and the World
Laura Sumrall, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Thirty children in Amsterdam began to show signs of a disturbing affliction in the winter of 1566. The symptoms would … Continue Reading Dealing With The Devil Has Long Been a Part of Medicine
Leah Tether, University of Bristol Type “Holy Grail” into Google and … well, you probably don’t need me to finish that sentence. The sheer multiplicity of what any search engine … Continue Reading What Exactly is the Holy Grail – and Why Has its Meaning Eluded Us For Centuries?
Antonia Pont, Deakin University Kahlil Gibran (original spelling at birth “Khalil”) is a strange phenomenon of 20th Century letters and publishing. After Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Laozi, Gibran’s work … Continue Reading Guide To The Classics: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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
Derek Hodgson, University of York The part of the brain that processes visual information, the visual cortex, evolved over the course of millions of years in a world where reading … Continue Reading How Did Reading and Writing Evolve? Neuroscience Gives a Clue
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?