HISTORY / POLITICS

The Meroë Head of Augustus: statue decapitation as political propaganda

Originally posted on British Museum blog:
David Francis, Interpretation Officer, British Museum In his Twelve Caesars, the Roman historian Suetonius describes how the emperor Augustus’ eyes ‘shone with a sort of divine radiance’ and that it gave him profound pleasure ‘if anyone at whom he glanced keenly dropped his head as though dazzled by looking…

Why is Hollywood Continuing to Whitewash Ancient Egyptian History in 2014?
CULTURE / HISTORY

Why is Hollywood Continuing to Whitewash Ancient Egyptian History in 2014?

Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:
It’s been over half-a-century since most African countries severed the chains of European colonialism and officially gained their independence, and during the intermediate years between then and now the academic community has largely come to the point of acknowledging, albeit kicking and screaming, that humanity and much of civilization as we…