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Curated Stories From Antiquity to Contemporary Art

The Age of Enlightenment: Enlightened Despots in the Absolutist Era

  Enlightened despots sought to embody the Platonic ideal of the philosopher-king. These rulers were highly educated and romanticized liberal theory. Enlightened ideals that formed...

American Monarchists: The Early Union’s Would-be Kings

  The United States is one of the world's oldest and most powerful democracies. By the time of their separation from Britain, the colonies had...

Truths & Plots: 5 Crucial Fables of Greek Mythology

  Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, was a Roman politician-turned-poet who lived during the early years of the empire. His name may not...

Ancient Egypt’s Second Intermediate Period: The Hyksos “Invasion”

  Records like those of Manetho, a renowned 3rd century BC Greco-Egyptian priest and historian, state that the Hyksos, a Semitic/Western Asiatic people, invaded the...

Atalanta: The Forgotten Greek Heroine

  Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, Odysseus – we know all these names well. However, it’s time for Atalanta to take the stage. Despite being abandoned as...

Horatio Nelson: Britain’s Famous Admiral

  Horatio Nelson was once a household name, with adoring crowds turning out to catch a glimpse of him and the press feeding off both...

Chariot Racing In The Roman Empire: Speed, Fame, and Politics

  For ancient Romans, nothing was more sensational than chariot racing. Grand arenas, located in major imperial cities, were places of lavish spectacles, organized by...

Zdzislaw Beksinski: The Dystopian Surrealist Painter You Should Know

  A surrealist painter, a person desensitized to war and tragedy, an award-winning artist, a creative photographer, and a murder victim; these descriptions all apply...

Three Criminals That Surprisingly Appeared on Australia’s Currency

  Where other nations glorify the great and the good on their cash, Australia is the only nation to ever feature a forger on its...

6 African Art Photographers You Should Know About

  Photography developed throughout the 19th century. Towards the 20th century, it became a more accessible and stable technique. Photography was quickly introduced to all...

California Gold Rush: The Sydney Ducks in San Francisco

  When gold was discovered in 1848 near San Francisco, it sparked the California Gold Rush.  Thousands poured into the village formerly named Yerba Buena...

5 Female Warriors Who Were Enemies of Rome

  Nothing if it was not warlike, ancient Rome fought with many enemies, peoples, cultures, and figures who stood opposed to her expansionism. It is...

5 Surprisingly Famous and Unique Artworks of All Time

  Throughout history, the art world has seen numerous changes both in general artistic movements and even in the very definition of art. Artists from...

Geneva Free Port: The World’s Most Secretive Art Warehouse

  Geneva Free Port is one of the oldest free ports still running today, also one of the largest warehouses. A free port is a...