Spreading the Word: Discussing Homer’s Iliad

This Friday I share with you a podcast episode where BBC's Melvyn Bragg talks about the epic poem Iliad with his guests, scholars and historians. It is both an informative and also highly enjoyable discussion. Expect emotions, knowledge, passion, good storytelling, and humour. After this, you are likely to want to read it yourself. Enjoy! …

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Ancient Tale of Happiness

Human longing for a happy life is probably as old as the humanity itself. However, happiness is one of those fleeting concepts that receives new meaning with the change of time, shifts in values, developments in culture. In other words, happiness is a moving target. What has been our track record so far in trying …

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Spreading the Word: Rome – Story of the Eternal City

This Friday I share with you a video on the history of Ancient Rome. It is not only interesting but also highly entertaining. And isn't that a sure sign of a good storyteller? So here you go - the first episode of a BBC documentary mini series titled "Meet the Romans with Mary Beard". It …

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Revolutions, Omelettes, and Philosophy

What on Earth can revolutions, omelettes, and philosophy have in common? A lot, as it turns out! At least if you think about it from the perspective of Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). He was a philosopher, a thinker, a historian of ideas, and, according to many (I agree with them), one of the most fascinating, capturing, and creative …

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Spreading the Word: New Theory of Why We Dream

This Friday is the first day of the new year. January 1st of the freshly-out-of-the-oven 2021. Happy New Year everyone! And Happy approaching New Year to all those who celebrate later! Isn't this a perfect time to once again ponder the question of why do we dream? Here, I share a very interesting article with …

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