ToposText: Ancient meets App

With this app you can walk, ride or drive through the Greek countryside and not only identify the ruins along the road but also read what the ancients themselves had to say about them. ToposText maps more than 5,000 places connected with the ancient Greek world: ancient cities and shrines, medieval castles and towers, modernContinue reading “ToposText: Ancient meets App”

Print Your Own Artifacts

3D printing has long been touted in the investment news as the wave of the future but it didn’t hit home to me until I saw this headline for a CNET article: “3D print your own ancient artefacts for a home museum” That article was about a startup company that went to various museums to scan their artifactsContinue reading “Print Your Own Artifacts”

How Interconnected was the Ancient World?

New research reveals that the famous terracotta warrior army buried near Xi’an, China was directly influenced by ancient Greek sculpture.  There has been no previous archaeological record or written evidence of interaction between these cultures.  Yet students of history are familiar with many legends and myths that hint at a network of ancient travellers that disbursed technicalContinue reading “How Interconnected was the Ancient World?”

Hedonism is Healthy

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy; we’re happy because we laugh.” William James My simplified definition of Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure. Lately I have seen study after study that demonstrates whatever people do, if it makes them happy, they can do it better. Most studies show this beneficial effect is long lasting—well beyondContinue reading “Hedonism is Healthy”