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The Midas Throne Row

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.03.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

There is some furor over an exhibit now at Philadelphia's Penn Museum: "The Golden Age of King Midas," showcasing the art of Turkey's ancient Phrygia,...

Why Greece Needs Its Classics More Than Ever

Lex Paulson | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Lex Paulson

As the crisis continues to unfold, Greece's ancient past should serve not as fashionable rhetoric alone, but as a deep spur to reflection and progress. Truly engaging with the classical could still be a powerful part of the solution as we take lessons from the past to imagine a better future for Greece and for us all.

Oldest Known Depiction Of Circumcision Is Now On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion

Historians, anthropologists and religious scholars often disagree on the origins of circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin. But a colorful...

Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse.

The Return of Rex Ryan (Orson Welles Redux?)

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.27.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

The die is cast. Rex Ryan will remain the coach of the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson made the right call. After all, this was a team that traded ...

Applied Classics: Santorum, Herodotus and the Art of Political Fantasy

Lex Paulson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Lex Paulson

Never underestimate the political power of a tall tale. Dog-headed men. The climate hoax. Super-sized, gold-digging ants. Class warfare. 300 Greeks against five million Persians. Pray away the gay.

The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home

After keen debate at the Guardian's books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date....

2,500 Years Later, Political Lessons From Marathon

Asher Smith | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

If history teaches us anything it is that, though our knowledge base and our capacity for empathy has grown exponentially, human nature remains largely unchanged over even great lengths of time.

Ancient Historian Herodotus: Proto-Feminist? | A.P. David | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In a second article about the pleasures of reading Herodotus (see the first one here), A.P. David discusses the portrayal of women in history, all too...