The Crazed Murdering Arsonist Musician

The last Emperor of Rome’s first dynasty is known for cruelty and destruction, including setting fire to Rome and looting the burnt remains of the city, 6 attempts on his own mother’s life in addition to the killings of many other family members, and burning Christians alive. His idea of a joke was to beat …

The Missing Piece of Mythology

Gods are considered to possess the ultimate power: they may smite, kill, bless, and curse whomever they please. In most mythologies across the globe, gods are seen as “higher up” – as larger beings – in which nothing seems to be above them. In the hierarchy present in Greek Mythology, gods appear at the very …

Guide to Ancient Roman History

Throughout the latter millennia of BCE, and centuries into the Common Era, global commerce and politics were dominated by Rome, the capital of an Empire of which the influence continues into modern politics. Indeed, founded in 753 BCE, Ancient Rome is the very ground on which modern democracy and societal institutions are based. Through Tribal …

Aurelian’s Administrative Reforms in the Crisis of the Third Century

The Crisis of the Third Century (235-285 CE) was the combination of administrative incompetence, foreign invasions, and the fracturing of the Roman Empire into three self-governing states which nearly collapsed the Roman Empire. However, the empire was able to recover and survive for nearly another 1,200 years, in large part due to Emperor Lucius Domitius …

Kurtz’s Descent

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Kurtz is worshiped as a god among men. Armies of natives move at his behest, and Company merchants wonder at his effectiveness. Even in his decrepit physical state, his body “pitiful and appalling” (p.74), his eloquence holds such influence that native chiefs grovel through his skull-encircled garden. Above …

What is the Meaning of Life?: Greek Philosophy and Its Impacts on Modern Society

In recent years, philosophy has taken a more passive role in advancing society…or so we think. Even with the incredible new technology readily available in modern times, the perspective that philosophy brings to innovation is unmatched. The gift of critical thinking has been passed down from generations of brave and curious philosophers who have pioneered …

Fabula Publicarum Amicarum Et Privatorum Amatorum

Erat domus suspicionis in oppido, nomine Dedham. Suspicio annos ducentos duravit. Haec est fabula  publicarum amicarum et privatorum amatorum. Iason Fairbanks, vir multi mysteri, magnam villam habebat.  Olim pulcherrimam et adolescentem Elizabetham videbat. Modo amicos omnibus videbantur, sed arbitris remotis navem amoris conscendunt. Vult ducere eam in matrimonium sed non placet ei.  Una atra nocte …