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The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

Ancient History

Taylor Sheridan Has Become Our Generation's Greatest Western Storyteller

This century's John Ford has reinvented the genre for an era in which drug cartels, developers, and fracking companies divide the riches.<p>Deadlines loomed. Episodes needed editing. The L.A. suits expected callbacks. But first, we rode. Or rather, Taylor Sheridan straddled a sleek quarter horse named …

Native Americans

What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

<b>WHAT IS REAL?</b> <b><br>The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics</b><br>By Adam Becker<br>370 pp. Basic Books. $32.<p>Are atoms real? Of course they are. Everybody believes in atoms, even people who don’t believe in evolution or climate change. If we didn’t have atoms, how could we have atomic bombs? But you …

Quantum Mechanics

Evolve or die: Why our human ancestors learned to be social more than 320,000 years ago

New discoveries in eastern Africa suggest that human behaviors like symbolic thought and the creation of extended social networks were established at least 320,000 years ago — tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.<p>The work, published as a trio of papers Thursday in Science, …

Anthropology

Archaeologists Have Discovered the World’s Oldest Cave Paintings—And They’re by Neanderthals

Art World<p>Contrary to popular belief, the mental capacities of early humans and Neanderthals might have been "indistinguishable."<p>,<p>A new study of …

Anthropology

The Top 10 Best Chess Rock’n’Roll Records Ever

Chess Records, the label founded in Chicago in 1950 by brothers Leonard and Phil, made their name with blues records before establishing a …

The best experiences in Venice

Expert guide to Venice<p>A weekend break in Venice will no doubt deliver culture and history in spades. The Floating City is tightly packed with museums and galleries, spanning everything from ancient palaces and iconic century-old collections of art to more contemporary exhibits. You'll also want to …

11,000 People Demanded the Met Remove This Painting. They Aren’t Going To. Good.

A petition containing over 11,000 signatures has surfaced demanding that the Metropolitan Museum of Art remove a painting by the famous French artist …

Artists

All These Colleges Have Now Gone 'Loan-Free' to Help Keep Students Out of Debt

Brown is the latest to join the list.<p>The number of “no-loan” colleges just increased again.<p>After raising $30 million in less than three months, Brown …

17 Famous Movie Quotes Everyone Gets Wrong

You may think you know some of the most iconic lines from classic movies, but your ears or memory may be deceiving you. If you’ve been going around …

The Pulitzer-winning poet on mortality, makeup and capturing life’s complexity<p>The last lines of the last poem in Jorie Graham’s most recent collection, <i>FAST</i>, imagine dawn giving way to day: “Leaving / grackle and crow in the sun – they have / known what to find in the unmade / undrawn unseen …

Literature

There’s a 'Secret Versailles' Right Outside Paris — and It's Amazing

Before King Louis XIV set the gold standard for decadent design, there was Vaux-le-Vicomte.<p>It’s hidden in plain sight, in Maincy, less than an hour …

France

Animals in divinity: Human beings have been worshipping animals in religion for a very long time

In the ancient world, humans were not just close to animals but, in most cases, deeply dependent on them. Since they were part of the local culture, …

We used to think moving on from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle meant improvement. Not any more, argues this excellent study of the earliest states<p>James Scott comes clean with his readers from the start. Having been asked some years ago to give two lectures at Harvard he turned to a theme that had long …

Ice Age

This Prehistoric "Masterpiece" Could Rewrite The History of Ancient Greek Art

It was hidden under millennia of dirt.<p>It didn't look like much at first. A small piece of stone, just 3.6 centimetres (1.4 inches) in length, …

Archaeology

The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English

Late in August, as a shadow 70 miles wide was traveling across the United States, turning day briefly to night and millions of Americans into watchers of the skies, the British classicist Emily Wilson, a woman of 45 prone to energetic explanations and un-self-conscious laughter, was leading me …

Literature

6 ways climate change and disease helped topple the Roman Empire

Americans have always loved to compare themselves to the ancient Romans. Our political language and ideology are suffused with Latin influences like “capitol,” “forum,” and “senate”; the neoclassical style is our federal architecture; our very model of a constitutional republic is deeply indebted …

Ancient History

What To Do in Rome When You've Done Everything

Archaeological sites, Churches & holy sites, Museums, Outdoors, Rome, Tips & tricks<p>What To Do in Rome When You’ve Done… Everything<p>4 …

Exactly How to Get Into Rome’s Most Beautiful Off-Limits Attractions

The Eternal City has always brimmed with secrets, and today, epic burial grounds quietly crouch beneath unassuming streets, and unremarkable doors just might open to jaw-dropping works from the city’s most famed artists. We spoke with a few in-the-know locals about their favorite back-door, …

Italy

The ‘greatest film-maker who ever lived’

It’s not right that the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman is always described as dark and gloomy. He was a deeply humane artist with great empathy, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>Woody Allen once lauded Ingmar Bergman as “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion …

Literature

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

The Five Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Teaching Kids About Money

Teaching

Newly dated Asian cave drawings rewrite history of human art

A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed that ancient paintings of hands and animals found within seven limestone caves on the island …

Laws

<b>The best known</b> and most influential of the Mesopotamian law codes was that of King Hammurabi of Babylonia (r. 1792–1750 B.C.). Featuring nearly 300 …

Ancient History

Consciousness Revealed

<b>Mr. Jones, at night, was fishing for something down a sewer drain under a street light. A passerby asked him, "Did you drop your keys down this storm</b> …

Rome Away from the Crowds

Once you have visited the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, take a break from the crowds at those in-demand venues and bask in the beauty of places that …

Italy

The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

Chauvet cave: The most accurate timeline yet of who used the cave and when

Slowly but surely, the mysterious and haunting Chauvet cave is giving up its secrets.<p>The cave, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago, was discovered in the south of France in 1994. Before the three amateur spelunkers found the cave in December that year, scientists believed, no human …

Anthropology

Paul McCartney Not VIP Enough For Tyga Grammy Afterparty

Is "Rack City" more relevant than The Beatles?<p>Sometimes life is odd. Take for example, Sir Paul McCartney, legendary singer-songwriter and Beatles member, who decided to attend rapper Tyga’s Grammy afterparty. Well, at least he tried to, until he was denied by security. Twice. Yes, you read that …