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  • 4 Apr 2024
    David P. Fields

    Not Broke, but You Can See the Cracks

    “Not as bad as we might have feared; not as good as we might have hoped” is one way to think of the four years in which Donald Trump put his uniquely Trumpian spin on US-Korean relations. And lest we forget, there was reason to be afraid as President Trump taunted the young leader of […]

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  • 27 Mar 2024
    Corinne Bonnet

    Gods in a nutshell: divine names in the ancient Mediterranean world

    Thales of Miletus, in the 6th century BCE, asserted that “everything is full of gods”. In his view, even inanimate things were in fact animate. His vision of the world, taken up by Plato, implies the presence of an infinite number of divinities in the kosmos, which is also inhabited by human beings. The complexity […]

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  • 19 Mar 2024
    Roy van Wijk

    No one hates like a Greek neighbour? Athens and Boiotia in a different perspective

    Anyone who has ever watched the Six Nations in Rugby or the World Cup in Football probably is familiar with the sentiment of beating a neighbouring country or rival brings among the faithful. What these competitions show is how overcoming a detested neighbour in head-to-head contests can provide incomparable feelings of victory. Is this feeling […]

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  • 19 Mar 2024
    Sebastian Scharff

    Agonistic Cultures and Self-Presentation

    By exploring how athletic champions wanted their victories to be understood, “Hellenistic Athletes” sheds new light on the relationship of sport, society and politics in the Greek world. Read the full blog post by author Sebastian Scharff: A Gateway to the Mindsets of Greek Athletes The exclusion of Russian athletes from athletic contests is a […]

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  • 28 Feb 2024
    Susan Kellogg

    Aztecs: Image and Reality

    When I tell anyone what I study, people (even sometimes other academics) think it’s weird, distasteful, or just arcane. If the Indigenous population of the Americas is often seen as an “other,” then Aztecs are the other of the other. In seeking to dispel that notion, I wrote A Concise History of the Aztecs to […]

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  • 27 Feb 2024
    Tejas Parasher

    The Limits of Electoral Democracy: Recovering a Lost Chapter of Anti-Colonialism

    In February 1946, the Indian nationalist leader Narendra Deva (1889-1956), who had just spent three long years being held in prison at Ahmednagar Fort by British authorities, published a short essay on the relationship between democracy and anti-colonialism in South Asia. A close associate of both M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Deva had a well-developed […]

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  • 22 Feb 2024
    Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

    Two Soviet Humorists’ Extraordinary American Road Trip

    In 1935, just two years after the normalization of Soviet American relations, Pravda sent two humorists to the United States as reporters and cultural ambassadors. That the Soviet Union under Stalin even had humorists may surprise many. But Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were genuine Soviet funnymen, the coauthors of two beloved satirical novels, The […]

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  • 13 Feb 2024
    David M. Pritchard


    French people are often surprised that foreigners come to France to study ancient Greece. It is easy for them to understand why foreign philosophers might go there. It is a matter of genuine national pride that ‘French theory’ conquered the Anglophone world in the 1980s. But few French realise that among foreign historians of ancient […]

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