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October 14, 2019

Ancient

Book Review: A History of the Wife

A History of the Wife is one of the best sociological works containing immense historical attributes and impactful perspectives that stuck with me from beginning to end. From the biblical tales of Adam and Eve to the late 1990’s representation of Hillary Clinton, author Marilyn Yalom drew records of historical significance and combined them with written analysis. A senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University (as of 2002), Marilyn Yalom obviously is an expert in the sociological constructs of gender and the passion for understanding the “roles” of husband and wife are blatantly obvious through every page.

cave art history

The Clam Fossil Story

For the next six months, I was an archeologist. I went out nearly every day in search of treasure in the form of these strange rocks. I hung a medium-sized bucket from my precious bike’s handlebars and filled it up several times each day. Some of these rocks were big, even larger than my hand. Some of them were small, barely fitting within the palm of my hand. But they all interested me more than I could express to anyone.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China, despite popular belief, is a series of fortifications rather than a single “great wall.” Expanding from the eastern stretch of Dandong to Lap Lake in the west, this wonder has gone down in history as perhaps one of the most recognizable and indistinguishable figures of humanity’s achievement and existence.

How Has History Treated Insanity?

Insanity is a spectrum of behaviors, characterized by abnormal mental states or behavioral patterns. Insanity manifests itself in that of the loners, those who violate the average person’s viewpoints in society. Insanity is dangerous, leading people to become dangers to themselves or to others. But, not all acts are considered insanity, just like all acts showing indifference or disagreement towards societal concepts are not considered insanity.

No, The Earth Isn't Flat. Idiots.

When I first heard people were discussing this topic on social media, I thought it was a hoax. I thought it was one of those sarcastic troll hashtags that were being used sarcastically. Then the truth hit me. People are this stupid. People are this incoherently unattached to the world of science and history. People are so dense, so ignorant, so pathetically unintelligent, that they believe that the Earth is flat.

Quick History: Constantine I – Basiliscus

Constantine, the son of Augustus Constantinius Chlorus and Helena, was proclaimed the Augustus of the Western Roman Empire upon the death of his father on July 25th, 306 CE. He became the sole ruler of the empire after the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 and the defeat of Licinius in 324, after which he re-United the Empire under his reign. Building Constantinople, “Constantine’s City” or “New Rome”, he created the new capital of the empire. He would go on to revolutionize and reform coinage, with his reign introducing a new “form” of gold called solidus. He played a crucial role in the Christianization of the Roman World, getting baptized on his deathbed and leaving the standards for future emperors.