WEIRD HISTORY

How Christians co-opted the Winter Solstice

Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday. Mike Colagrossi – – Saturnalia (1783) by Antoine Callet, showing his interpretation of what the Saturnalia might have looked like.  Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival …

The Legend of Benin’s Fearless Female Warriors

This fierce all-female army was so ruthless that European colonists called them the Amazons after the merciless warriors of Greek mythology. by Fleur Macdonald – Actors Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan earned high praise for their roles in the 2018 Marvel film …

 

The seven ancient wonders of the world

by Mike Colagrossi – The Colossus of Rhodes, Wikimedia Commons.  The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were marvels of architecture, human ingenuity, and engineering on a scale that even the greatest artists of contemporary times would have a hard time replicating today. …

A 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Papyrus Reveals Its Secrets

For centuries, no one could read it. by Sarah Laskow –  The papyrus before conservation. University of Basel. At the University of Basel, in Switzerland, the papyrus collection contained a mystery. Most of the papyri had come to the university around 1900, for …