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American propaganda during World War II covered a dizzying array of subjects — from venereal disease to forest fires — in a wild array of styles. This week, let's take a look at some of the lesser-known American wartime posters.
Much of what we know about the Parthian Empire comes from their Roman rivals. But the artifacts they left behind speak for themselves — Parthia was a place where ancient cultures collided, creating something remarkable and new.
For pretty much all of human history, rulers have worn fancy little hats. This week, a look into the long history of the crown, featuring some of the most stunning examples of royal headwear from around the world.
Was Nero the ultimate decadent Roman emperor — incestuous, gluttonous, and cruel? Or was he misunderstood? Do we even know what he looked like? This week, let’s take a look at the boy emperor:
This week, a look at the millennium when the chariot was the gold standard in military technology and a sure sign of affluence… including some beautiful examples of chariots that have survived the ravages of history.
Wouldn’t you like to be able to see what 2024 has in store for you?
This is an eternal human desire, and people have devised all sorts of ways to try to find out what’s coming. This week, let’s take a look at artifacts related to divination, the ancient practice of trying to find out the gods’ intentions — often by using the oddest methods. Featuring sheep’s livers, oracle bones, and more!
This week, a look at the history of medieval Christianity -- in China.
How did past climate events show up in art? Let’s look at paintings whose artists captured the Little Ice Age and the biggest volcanic eruptions of the nineteenth century, often without really understanding what they were seeing.
The Codex Mendoza, composed in 1541, was an attempt to memorialize Aztec culture, capturing knowledge of a world that was swiftly disappearing. Let’s flip through its pages together.
People in the past sure loved reminding themselves of their inevitable demise. This week, a little excursion into the art of the memento mori.
We tend to think of the Acropolis as an unchanged relic of classical Athens, but it turns out that a lot of stuff has happened there since the time of Pericles:
When Europeans arrived in the Americas, they encountered all sorts of new species. But how did they represent the animals of the New World in art?
Featuring giant armadilloes, dogs dancing with monkeys, and a very content capybara.
This week: long, lonely journeys across the Pacific Ocean and the cargo that revealed an increasingly connected world.
This week: what did lions mean to the ancient world, and why did so many rulers hunt them? Let’s take a look at the lion hunt as depicted in ancient art.
Arthur Conan Doyle created the greatest detective in history, but he wasn’t great at spotting scams in real life. This week: the “spirit photography” hoax, which tricked Doyle and Mary Todd Lincoln, among others.