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What Made Emperor Nero The Most Evil Man

What Made Emperor Nero The Most Evil Man

Fictional evil leaders have been a mainstay of movies, novels, and tv shows. But when it comes to deeds of real life leaders, fiction is often no competition for fact. For example, during his reign as leader of the Mongol Hordes, it’s been speculated that Genghis Khan killed as much as 11% of the world’s …

Why Does the ❤️ Heart Symbol ❤️ Look That Way?

Why does the heart symbol look like this if the human heart actually looks like this? And why do we believe that the heart is the epicenter of love? Whether they’re filled with chocolate and love notes, punctuating your text messages, or popping out of cartoon characters’ bulging eyes, hearts are pretty much everywhere… Or …

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

[MUSIC] Although February 2015 might fit perfectly on the page, every year it’s the runt of the monthly litter. This deficit of days, this calendar craziness, this oddity of the annum, like so much of modern culture, is the Romans’ fault. Here’s the crazy story of why February has 28 days… except when it doesn’t. …

Caesar as King? (45 to 44 B.C.E.)

Caesar as King? (45 to 44 B.C.E.)

Julius Caesar’s old friend Titus Labienus had been defeated. The Roman Civil War was officially over, and Spain had been pacified. After a few weeks of housekeeping, Caesar headed back to the capitol. On the road to Rome, he met up with Marc Antony, who at one time had served as Caesar’s political point-man. A …

The Fall of Constantinople

The Fall of Constantinople

The year is 1453, and the Byzantine Empire, the very last figment of Rome’s long-faded glory, is itself in its death throes. Having continued the legacy of Roman rule for almost fifteen hundred years, the Byzantine empire was once a superpower, but centuries of constant warfare and a schism between east and west in the …

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Assassination, conspiracy and cover-ups – what more could we want in a story about Imperial succession? The First Persian Empire was one of the greatest that ever existed. An expertly organised economy, a relatively tolerant and lenient provincial system, along with other groundbreaking advances in human civilisation, was combined with some of the most scandalous …