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The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

On March 28, 193 A.D., Rome’s elite bodyguard committed an atrocity that scarred the imperial throne.

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Some of Pilate's actions and words were perfectly understandable. 

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Here’s the story behind the painting.

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

Here’s what ‘Maundy’ means. And how it’s relevant.

Demolishing Myths About Communism

Demolishing Myths About Communism

There was a time when intellectuals in the West were enthralled with Communism and viewed Lenin and Stalin in heroic terms.

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Despite its religious undertones, is the Messiah an important part of western tradition we all need to know?

11 Last Words of Famous People

11 Last Words of Famous People

It’s often said that you can tell a lot about a person’s life by the way they behave at their death.

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Brussels attacks reveal an open society isn't the problem. 

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

“It seems to me that there is scarce any Accomplishment more necessary to a Man of Sense, than that of Writing well in his Mother Tongue.”

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

On the anniversary of his ‘liberty or death’ speech, we ask a bizarre question: Was the famed American orator literate?

The Meaning of Holocaust: Do you know it?
How Johann Sebastian Bach Taught His Students

How Johann Sebastian Bach Taught His Students

4 simple methods every parent and teacher should know.

5 'Lincoln' Quotes Old Abe Never Said

5 'Lincoln' Quotes Old Abe Never Said

Many of the cherished witticisms we attribute to Lincoln cannot be directly sourced to America’s 16th president.

A History Joke

A History Joke

Sometimes humor is the best at revealing deficiencies. 

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

The larger system of innovation is built on the quest for comfort, for entertainment, for what often looks like decadence.

ISIS commits genocide against Yazidi, Christians, and Shiites

ISIS commits genocide against Yazidi, Christians, and Shiites

Official recognition by the Secretary of State is a good thing. But what next?

Serious Students of History Should Watch Out for These 5 Prejudices

Serious Students of History Should Watch Out for These 5 Prejudices

These can help people look at history more objectively. 

Despite Appearances, These Are Great Times for Human Liberty

Despite Appearances, These Are Great Times for Human Liberty

The resistance has powerful tools at its disposal.

Are We at the Beginning of an Age of Barbarism?

Are We at the Beginning of an Age of Barbarism?

An 18th-century historian may have foretold what's happening now. 

St. Patrick didn’t Drive Out the Snakes

St. Patrick didn’t Drive Out the Snakes

Here’s a thought on where the myth came from, though. 

What are 'Checks and Balances' in Government?

What are 'Checks and Balances' in Government?

Here's why we have them and why they matter.

This is How the Irish Saved Civilization

This is How the Irish Saved Civilization

It has applications to us today. 

Should We Care that Military History is Neglected in School?

Should We Care that Military History is Neglected in School?

Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it...

College Student learns the World isn’t Nice

College Student learns the World isn’t Nice

North Korea has sentenced Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor. 

15 Things Christ said that weren’t Nice

15 Things Christ said that weren’t Nice

Christ-like might not be what some people think. 

A Snapshot of James Madison’s Reading List
Why the Holocaust Should Matter to You

Why the Holocaust Should Matter to You

The Holocaust Museum: A Warning against Tyranny, a Tribute to Liberty

Is Comfort Dulling Americans' Minds?

Is Comfort Dulling Americans' Minds?

The Ancient Greeks were not obsessed with comfort, and that may have contributed to their genius.

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