Age of Gilgamesh (3000 BC to 2500 BC) : Geopolitics of Ancient Mesopotamia

https://www.youtube.com/embed/z8rMp_AeR5M Age of Gilgamesh In this presentation we will begin exploring the beginnings of recorded history in Mesopotamia, beginning from the early third millennium BC. We will explore the lives of some great heroic kings of Sumeria, as they led Sumeria from a region of small city states to the first empires which dominated the [...]

Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger review – philosophy’s great decade? | Philosophy books | The Guardian

The story, told with free-wheeling gusto, of four German thinkers – Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Ludwig Wittgenstein – before the dark decade of the 1930s — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/13/time-of-the-magicians-by-wolfram-eilenberger-review-philosophys-great-decade

Exhibition of underwater cultural relics underway in northwest China – CGTN

The sunken merchant ship, 20 meters in length and 6 meters in width, was built during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). It was discovered in 1996 in the waters off Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. Many fragments of porcelain and pottery have been collected and recovered, providing more information about the Marine Silk [...]

Haunting dispatches from the edge of the Roman Empire, just before its collapse | Aeon Videos

The funerary paintings known as the ‘Fayum portraits’ are named for the Egyptian desert oasis region of Fayum, just west of the Nile, in which many of them have been found. Painted on the outskirts of the Roman Empire as it began to decline in the first centuries CE, these stark and hauntingly lifelike images [...]

‘We’ve Already Survived an Apocalypse’: Indigenous Writers Are Changing Sci-Fi – The New York Times

Dimaline, along with Waubgeshig Rice, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger and Stephen Graham Jones, who has been called “the Jordan Peele of horror literature,” are some of the Indigenous novelists reshaping North American science fiction, horror and fantasy — genres in which Native writers have long been overlooked. Their fiction often draws on Native American [...]