Ashurbanipal and his Library

Author: Pinar Akhan

March 27, 2019

There is an exhibition currently running at the British Museum about Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria. It would not be not surprising if you have never heard of his name, as neither the king nor the Assyrian culture is familiar to most of us in the West. Ashurbanipal was the last king of the Assyrian Empire, [...]

The Kalevala

Author: Nataliya Petlevych

March 27, 2019

A truly beautiful Finnish epic, in which words weave ancient stories of the world, its cycles of life and its heroes. Sung and passed on by word of mouth for centuries, it was recorded only in the 19th century by Elias Lönnrot. The word “Kalevala” means ‘land of heroes’, the abode of Kaleva, a mythical [...]

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms – Art & Sacred Work in the English Middle Ages

Author: Siobhan Cait Farrar

March 27, 2019

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War is an exhibition currently running at the British Library and represents a comprehensive exhibit of significant Anglo-Saxon books and precious artefacts. It opens with an extraordinary funerary artefact from the 5th century, the Loveden Hill Urn. Upon the lid of the urn sits an ancient figure, known as the Spong [...]

Dunkirk – To live or to survive?

Author: Gilad Sommer

March 27, 2019

“Those men who, in war, seek to preserve their lives at any rate commonly die with shame and ignominy, while those who look upon death as common to all, and unavoidable, and are only solicitous to die with honour, oftener arrive at old age and, while they live, live happier.” (from Xenophon’s Anabasis) As production [...]

Implantable Technologies

Author: Peter Fox

March 19, 2019

Around the world, healthcare costs are rising and healthcare systems are under more and more pressure. With increasing populations and higher demand for healthcare services, increasing efficiency is key to improving patient services. At the centre of these efficiency increases is the use of technology, which is used in various ways across the healthcare system, [...]

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

Author: Miha Kosir

March 19, 2019

Just before his death in 1988 Joseph Campbell, a world-renowned author in comparative mythology and religion, was interviewed by Bill Moyers for the TV series The Power of Myth. The interview took place on the ranch of movie director George Lucas, where they discussed the nature and function of mythology and its relevance today. Campbell’s [...]

Thought

Author: Julian Scott

March 19, 2019

Thought: a female head emerging from a block of unhewn matter, her hair blown by the wind, her eyes fixed on the above, concentrated but free, grasping the essence of things.   Not the thought of the anguished intellectual, the complicated reasonings of an empty being who wants to impress; but the grand imaginings of [...]

The Temples of Ancient Egypt (Part 1)

Author: Agostino Dominici

March 19, 2019

Introduction The quality of a civilisation’s culture is most visible in its art and more particularly in its architectural accomplishments, for these are usually its most complex and long-lasting forms. It’s hard to conceive of a more awe-inspiring architecture than that found in ancient Egypt. The essence and message of Egyptian architecture remained unaltered throughout [...]

The People are Rising up

Author: Sabine Leitner

March 19, 2019

All over the world, people are rising up and demanding change. Both in the Western and the non-Western world, they are taking to the streets, protesting against corruption, growing economic inequality and injustice. In Asia, there were the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong and the Sunflower Student Movement in Taiwan in 2014, protests in Myanmar [...]

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago)

Author: Ania Hajost

March 19, 2019

Where did it start? Where does it lead? The phenomenon of pilgrimage has been present in society since the beginning of times. There may be different incentives to do a pilgrimage. The Cambridge dictionary gives a very simple, but accurate definition: a visit to a place that is considered special, where you go to show [...]

Edward Burne-Jones

Author: Nataliya Petlevych

March 19, 2019

Recently, the Tate Britain celebrated Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones with a grand exhibition, the first on such a scale in 40 years. It amazed visitors not only by the rich variety of works, including painting, tapestry and stained glass, but also by a special enigmatic beauty created by the artist. Born in industrial Birmingham, Burne-Jones [...]

A New Model of Civilization

Author: Gilad Sommer

March 10, 2019

One of the most astounding things about ancient civilizations is the unity of their way of life. In the Art Institute of Chicago, for example, there is a beautiful stele from the Mayan ruins of Calakmul in Mexico. This stele presents a ruler in his task as a high priest, dressed in ceremonial garbs, holding [...]