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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New Year – Why January 1?

As it happens with many long-lasting traditions, with time we tend to forget their origin stories. Across many countries of the world, we celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1 with a lot of fun, anticipation and, sometimes, a bit of sadness. But why do we stick to this date? What is …

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Spreading the Word: What Would Aztecs Say?

Today, I share with you an article on something very interesting. We all have our sets of moral values, have heard about different systems of ethics and so on. But have you ever thought what kind of ethics did the Aztecs have? What did they consider the right and proper behavior, and what was frowned …

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Spreading the Word: Our Last Universal Common Ancestor – LUCA

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a fascinating story exploring the origins of... well, of all of us and all life around us! Who was our last universal common ancestor? Lovingly nicknamed Luca. After many years of research, we have gained some interesting insights on what was …

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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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Spreading the Word: Collapse of Civilizations at the End of Bronze Age

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a podcast episode. It is a 1 hour long video where the channel author tells about one of the great mysteries of history: sudden collapse of entire civilizations and systems of the Eastern Mediterranean region in the late 13th/early 12th centuries BCE. It is the …

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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Introduction)

Pre-Socratics in the history of philosophy are a group of Greek thinkers who lived and contemplated the nature of reality before the great Master of Western philosophy (a bit like Yoda from Star Wars), Socrates, was born. By the way, he was born in Athens in 469 BCE. Despite his monumental role, Socrates was not …

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