The most studied aspect of the ancient world is its political history. Whether it’s a critical narrative of Roman history or a detailed look at the structure of the polis, politics are central. But how we understand politics and its ostensibly substantive equivalent, the state, is no less subjective than any other aspect of historical analysis. However, this subjectivity is often overlooked.
The Greek-mythology themed game Hades was fully released by Supergiant Games in September 2020, and has since been named “Game of the Year” by several gaming publications. What is it about this story of the son of Hades fighting his way out of the underworld that appealed in a year from hell?
Following the assault of the Capitol Building in Washington DC last week, comparisons with past events have been made that are generally facile and fruitless. Instead, we should seek to explain how violence worked in the past to understand and change the present.
J.R.R. Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a fundamentally Catholic work. But a close reading of the epic novel reveals many more influences, including a connection between Mithras and the wizard Gandalf, whose Elvish name is Mithrandir.
In network analysis, the shape of the network that you build, as well as what your graph looks like, and in general the results of the analysis, all depend on the matrix. Therefore, the way you structure the matrix is important.
Sparta’s perennial appeal to readers is shown by the sheer number of publications focused on this polis. Dr Andrew Bayliss has written the most recent monograph on the subject, offering an up-to-date introduction to the Spartan scholarship.