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Battle Scene - recolored- on Trajan's Column, Rome (Image Courtesy of National Geographic Media)

War! What Is It Good For? – Book Review

Battle Scene – recolored- on Trajan’s Column, Rome (Image Courtesy of National Geographic Media) By Jack Martinez –  War! What is it Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots Ian Morris Farrar,...

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Neilson Hays Library Bangkok (Photo courtesy of the library)

The Architecture of Mario Tamagno and the Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok

Neilson Hays Library Bangkok (Photo courtesy of the library) By Catherine Clover –  By its definition, the Beaux Arts movement in architecture combined the classical proportions of the Greco–Roman period with the Neo-Classical decorative...

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Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie)

Inca Metronomy – An Intersection of Cultural Elements

Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie) By Douglas McElwain – Inca measurements are systematic as they apply to architecture and quipu knot structures. This article suggests a relationship between three seemingly disparate elements...

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Bereshit "In the beginning" opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis.

Hebrew Poetry and Word Play in Genesis 1:1-2

Berei’shit “In the beginning” opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis. By Patrick Hunt –  While this is not in any way comprehensive, some of my favorite word plays from Hebrew literature show a deliberate...

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Looking Glass: Classical Psychology and Law Since Solon and Aeschylus

 Orestes Going After His Mother Clytemnestra to Kill Her, 5th c. BCE Red-Figure vase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston By Walter Borden, M.D. Clytemnestra: “But blood of man once spilled, Once at his feet shed forth, and darkening the plain,...

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Battle Scene - recolored- on Trajan's Column, Rome (Image Courtesy of National Geographic Media)

War! What Is It Good For? – Book Review

By Jack Martinez –  War! What is it Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots Ian Morris Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014) 512 pages In his recent book, War! What is it Good For?, Ian Morris writes, “War has made the planet peaceful and prosperous.” Since its release, […]

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Neilson Hays Library Bangkok (Photo courtesy of the library)

The Architecture of Mario Tamagno and the Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok

By Catherine Clover –  By its definition, the Beaux Arts movement in architecture combined the classical proportions of the Greco–Roman period with the Neo-Classical decorative elements popularized in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Of the many buildings that fall into this category of architecture, two prominent international opera houses come to mind – the Palais […]

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Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie)

Inca Metronomy – An Intersection of Cultural Elements

By Douglas McElwain – Inca measurements are systematic as they apply to architecture and quipu knot structures. This article suggests a relationship between three seemingly disparate elements of Inca culture; stone walls, distance units of measure, and quipu (surviving string knot artifacts). Walls The Inca of Peruvian South America lived in a geologically active zone […]

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Bereshit "In the beginning" opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis.

Hebrew Poetry and Word Play in Genesis 1:1-2

By Patrick Hunt –  While this is not in any way comprehensive, some of my favorite word plays from Hebrew literature show a deliberate use of language for suggesting multiple ambiguities, sometimes even steganographic – hiding things in plain sight – and often paronomasic – having connections in both sound and meaning. Genesis 1:1-2 is […]

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orestes-clytemnestra

Looking Glass: Classical Psychology and Law Since Solon and Aeschylus

 Orestes Going After His Mother Clytemnestra to Kill Her, 5th c. BCE Red-Figure vase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston By Walter Borden, M.D. Clytemnestra: “But blood of man once spilled, Once at his feet shed forth, and darkening the plain, Nor chant nor charm can call it back again. So Zeus has willed.”    Aeschylus, Agamemnon What […]

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Champagne Revelers in a scene depicting 18th century. a bas-relief form 1883 at Pommery, Reims (Image in public domain)

Champagne History: The Lasting Legacy of Bubbles

  By Catherine Clover – “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s champagne!” _Winston Churchill, WWII As the year 2014 comes to a close, it is a most fitting time to reflect upon the year in review and prepare resolutions for the year ahead. After meeting Francois Hurtel, champagne specialist with […]

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Ottoman Period Ark illumination from Sultanahmed Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo P. Hunt 2014)

Review: Irving Finkel’s The Ark Before Noah

By Patrick Hunt –  The Atrahasis Flood Tablet I first saw in Irving Finkel’s office at the British Museum a few years ago before this book was published seemed much like many others in the museum galleries, a cuneiform clay tablet one could easily hold in a hand. But this one was different in several […]

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Fig. 1   Council of Constance, 1414-18, illustration from Chronicles of Ulrich von Richenthal (image in public domain)

Four Popes and a Would-Be Emperor: The Council of Constance 1414-1418

By  Andrea M. Gáldy –  Das Konstanzer Konzil. Weltereignis des Mittelalters 1414-1418. Grosse Landesausstellung 2014 im Konzilgebäude Konstanz (27. April – 21. September 2014), organised by the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. www.konstanzerkonzil2014.de Karl-Heinz Braun, Mathias Herweg, Hans W. Hubert, Joachim Schneider und Thomas Zotz, eds. Das Konstanzer Konzil. Catalogue and volume of 65 Essays. Theiss, Darmstadt, […]

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The Historic Temples of Bagan in Burma (Myanmar)

By Catherine Clover –  From the air, the Irrawaddy River stretches like a golden snake across the landscape all the way to the horizon in the late daylight. My journey to Bagan started from Bangkok with a pre-dawn flight to Yangon. After a brief stop for breakfast at the historic Strand Hotel in Yangon, my […]

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Fig. 1 Hanover, Schloss Herrenhausen, c.1640-1943, rebuilt 2013 in its classicistic appearance conducted by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in 1818.

The Complete Gentleman – Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn

  By Andrea M. Gáldy – The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837. A series of exhibitions at Schloss Herrenhausen and other venues, Hanover and Lower Saxony, 17 May to 5 October 2014, www.royals-aus-hannover.de Ralf Bormann, “The Art Collection of Count Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn”, in Katja Lembke (ed.), The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714–1837. Catalogue […]

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