As the international community becomes increasingly concerned about misinformation and data breaches, the Russian government has announced plans to test its own, sweeping solution to the problem: disconnecting Russia from the global internet.
After the building that symbolized ‘all that is Russian’ went up in flames, the czar scrambled to restore it to its former glory.
The fire that devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on April 15 is a historic event that reminds us of the symbolic power of national monuments.
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey
Alice Kelly, University of Oxford Images of the skeletal frames of Notre Dame cathedral, enveloped in billowing smoke and flame, stopped us dead on April 15. What is so familiar … Continue Reading Notre Dame: Writers and the Shock of Destruction Through History
Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona, Deakin University and Cristina Garduño Freeman, University of Melbourne Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time … Continue Reading Why Are We so Moved by the Plight of the Notre Dame?
Claire Smith, Flinders University and Jordan Ralph, Flinders University The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not … Continue Reading Don’t Despair About Notre Dame – a Rebuilt Cathedral Could Be Just as Wonderful
Julia Kindt, University of Sydney It is easy to see why Herodotus’ Histories may seem overwhelming. Too much is going on, right from the start. We have only just embarked … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: The Histories, by Herodotus
Jordi Cornellà-Detrell, University of Glasgow It’s exactly 80 years since the end of the Spanish Civil War, when General Francisco Franco’s populist forces finally overcame the leftist resistance and plunged … Continue Reading Franco’s Invisible Legacy: Books Across the Hispanic World Are Still Scarred by His Censorship
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Rodrigo García-Velasco, University of Cambridge Zaida, a Muslim princess living in 11th-century Seville, is one of the most extraordinary ancestors of the British royal family. Zaida’s bloodline reached the English … Continue Reading Meet the Muslim Princess Zaida, Spanish Ancestor of the British Royal Family
Paul Lashmar, University of Sussex Those who have written about the nuclear Cold War remain grateful to Stanley Kubrick for giving us the satirical 1964 film Dr Strangelove which captures … Continue Reading Stranger Than Strangelove: How the US Planned For Nuclear War in the 1950s
Maria Haley, University of Leeds For centuries, when people thought of witches, they were evil or possessed by evil demons: think of the Salem witch trials or the 16th and … Continue Reading From Ancient Rome to Hollywood: Witches as Figures of Fun
Charles West, University of Sheffield and Alyxandra Mattison, University of Sheffield We may not know exactly how England’s King Harold died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – was … Continue Reading King Harold The Great: What Might Have Been if the English Had Won at Hastings
Archaeologists have been called in to excavate a site on the notorious Robben Island in South Africa, the site of the infamous apartheid-era maximum security prison that held Nelson Mandela. … Continue Reading Archaeologists Called In As Bones Found on South Africa’s Robben Island
Frances Di Lauro, University of Sydney Abandon all hope, ye who enter here! So warns the inscription on the gates of the inferno, the first realm of Dante Alighieri’s celebrated … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Dante’s Divine Comedy