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”

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”