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?
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
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?
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
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
Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but … Continue Reading From Washing Machines to Computers: How The Ancients Invented The Modern World
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University The Parthenon is one of the most famous and recognisable buildings in the world. Designed as a testimony to Athenian greatness, visible miles from the Acropolis … Continue Reading Blowing Up The Parthenon: The Power of a Symbol
Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks … Continue Reading How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets and Meteors