The Fra Muaro map is considered to be an important artifact of cartography. This marks the shift away from Biblical map making to more scientific based cartography. When it was produced in 1450, it was the most detailed and accurate description of the world. Fra Murao was a monk and creator of this map who […]Read more "The Fra Mauro Map (1450)"
It seems some toys have their roots in ancient civilization. Like children of today, playing with toys was a favorite past time in the ancient world. This artifact is part of the Berlin antiquities collection. The yo-yo is probably one of the oldest toys. It is believed early yo-yo toys were either made out of […]Read more "Boy Playing With a Terracotta Yo-Yo (440 B.C.E)"
This is a newsreel in which Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini praises the United States of America. Here he is extending in his words a hand of friendship to the United States. Ideologically Fascist Italy and the US could never have normal relations. Fascism is opposed to civil rights and civil liberties. Democracy was in the […]Read more "Benito Mussolini Salutes the Great American People (1927)"
This is a poster from 1920 depicting Vladimir Lenin sweeping the capitalists, monarchists, and clergy off the globe. The Russian Revolution was attempting to depose the established order that had oppressed society. Lenin desired to see world revolution and communism spread across the world. This poster although propaganda was designed to inspire the Russian public […]Read more "Bolshevik Poster (1920)"
Bertrand Russell the renown mathematician, philosopher, historian, and logician appears in this Face to Face BBC program in 1959. This interview reveals his political and ideological convictions, while simultaneously discussing his background. Born into a life of privilege and politics of 19th century Britain , tragedy struck him at a young age. He lost both […]Read more "Bertrand Russell BBC Face to Face Interview (1959)"
It was common in classical Greek civilization to depict myths through art. They were not just transmitted orally, but passed down in sculpture, painting, and amphora. This amphora is currently held in the British Museum. What it depicts is Achilles slaying Penthesilea Queen of the Amazons. Scholars believe it was made around 540 B.C.E. Both […]Read more "Achilles Kills Penthesilea Amphora (540 B.C.E)"
Carl Jung was being interviewed in this BBC production in 1959. Here he describes his upbringing, education, and why he chose to follow the path of psychology. Carl Jung would go onto be one of the developers of analytical psychology. The Swiss psychoanalyst and psychiatrist had an impact on literature, religious studies, anthropology, and archaeology. […]Read more "Carl Jung BBC Interview (1959)"