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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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Part 1 – Persians Conquer Ionia)

Last week I wrote an introduction article giving an overview of the historical ground we will cover in the roughly 130 years leading up to the famous Greek philosopher Socrates. This post is the first part of our journey. We will visit the Asian side of Greek city-states (Asia Minor): the Ionian region where, so …

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