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Roman Citizenship

Citizenship is and always has been a valued possession of any individual. When one studies the majority of ancient empires one finds that the concept …

19 Things About Life You Should Know Before You Turn 29

A lot happens in those 10 years.<p>It's October.<p>Which means 2017 has officially flown by. (Remember all those things you swore you were going to do back in January? Have you done any of them?)<p>One of the things I prioritize doing Q4 of every year is taking a considerable amount of time to reflect on …

Warren Buffett

Woolly Mammoth

The woolly mammoth, <i>Mammuthus primigenius</i>, is an extinct herbivore related to elephants who trudged across the steppe-tundras of Eurasia and North …

Anthropology

The best album of every year since 2000, according to critics

Since the turn of the century, the review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's best-received albums, assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.<p>We selected the top album from each year, starting with 2000 (and including the best album of 2017 so far). …

New Music

Week 9: Donald Trump’s Napoleon Complex

Like the little emperor, the president can’t seem to get out of Russia and winter is coming.<p>You could say that President Donald Trump dropped his guard to the <i>New York Times</i> while speaking to three of its top reporters at midweek. Restrained only by White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks—which amounted …

Donald Trump

Clue to ancient "ghost species" of humans discovered in saliva

A new discovery by a team at the University of Buffalo has revealed the genetic trace of a mysterious, and possibly undiscovered, ancient sub-species …

Were the Ancient Egyptians Black or White? Scientists Now Know

Egyptologists, writers, scholars, and others, have argued the race of the ancient Egyptians since at least the 1970’s. Some today believe they were …

Ancient History

Ancient Egyptian records indicate Philistines weren't Aegean pirates after all

Research into ancient Egyptian records from the 12th century B.C.E. is shedding new light on a mystery archaeologists have been debating for decades: …

How To Become Happier, Healthier And More Successful In 60 Days

Improving your life does not have to require drastic and onerous changes. It is possible to completely turn your life around in just 60 days by …

Warring States Period

The Warring States period (481/403 BCE - 221 BCE) describes the three centuries when various rival Chinese states battled viciously for territorial …

I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?

This afternoon, I was searching for some online exercises to reinforce the idea of paraphrasing with English Language Learners (I want to add them to …

Radiohead’s Glastonbury setlist was absolutely perfect: Watch

<i>Photo by Autumn Andel</i><p>20 years to the day of their Glastonbury debut, Radiohead made their glorious return to Worthy Farm on Friday night. Marking …

16 of the best historical documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

While every moment that leads up to the present could be considered history, there are certain events throughout time that truly stand out among the …

The best books on Ancient Greece

How did you set about choosing these books?<p>There is so much that one can pick from. In some ways, it was like the process of picking the authors to …

Someone Made A 19-Minute History Of The World And This Video Should Be Taught In Schools

And a whole WORLD of memes.

Reflections on the Russian Problem (1944)

<i>Throughout May, our Weekend Reads series will feature selections from books about or related to the Russian Revolution.</i> <i><br>Delegates at the 8th Congress</i> …

British History

King Arthur

King Arthur is among the most famous literary characters of all time. The Arthurian legend of the Knights of the Round Table, Camelot, the Quest for …

Ancient History

Arsenal beat Chelsea 'to sign Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac' with Bosnian available on a free transfer

Arsenal have now signed Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, claim reports in Bosnia.<p>The Gunners are amongst a host of clubs, including Chelsea and …

Hellenistic Warfare

When Alexander the Great died in 323 BCE, he left behind an empire devoid of leadership. Without a named successor or heir, the old commanders simply …

Ancient History

Wine in the Ancient Mediterranean

Wine was the most popular manufactured drink in the ancient Mediterranean. With a rich mythology, everyday consumption, and important role in rituals …

17 Life Lessons From Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”

Just read (some) of Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” via passages. Here are some takeaway points, and life lessons I learned:<p>1. …

Ancient Romans may have been cozier with Huns than they let on

Nomadic Huns and Roman farmers shared ways of life on the Roman Empire’s fifth century frontier.

Is the Benedict Option the Answer to Neo-Barbarianism?

<b>At a recent talk,</b> I compared our days to the times of the barbarian invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire. It is a fairly common comparison that …

French Rugby

7 Ingenious Ideas From Roman Britain | English Heritage

7 INGENIOUS THINGS THE ROMANS BROUGHT TO BRITAIN<p>The Romans were great trend-setters of the ancient world. What they didn't invent, they copied and …

The Roman Empire Was Brought Down By Structural Rot 

Roman army structure

<i>We find that the Romans owed the conquest of the world to no other cause than continual military training, exact observance of discipline in their</i> …

Military

2,000-Year-Old Ancient Roman City Discovered In France

Scientists have claimed they have discovered a city that dates back to almost 2,000 years, and it apparently looks astounding. It is strange to …

Archaeology

10 Completely Different Views On The Great Fire Of Rome

Finding the truth in our history is like trying to solve a crime after arriving at the scene 2,000 years too late. We analyze the evidence left …

Ancient History

Was The Holy Roman Empire Neither Holy, Nor Roman, Nor Empire? Think Again

Snapshot<p>Compared to its contemporary empires, the Roman Empire was a far greater claimant to the label of modern with a genuine sense of civic …

Viriathus

Viriathus (c. 180-140 BCE) was the leader of the Lusitani in their war with Rome. In 150 Viriathus escaped the Roman massacre and enslavement of …