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Ethiopians in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Y.H. Choi, K. Crane, S. Menjivar, and F. Semere In the ancient world of Greece and Rome, Ancient Ethiopia had a complicated history with regards to its relationship between Mediterranean powers. Ancient Greek and Roman authors praised Ethiopia for its antiquity, and criticized it for the cultural practices and people.. Although praise was common, ancient … Continue reading Ethiopians in the Ancient Mediterranean World

A Dichotomy of Representation: Persian Classical Interpretation from Iranian and Western Perspectives

A painting of celebrating Persian heritage. Jabbar-beik, Ibrahim. A banquet of song and dance, 2005, Hotel Abbasi, Isfahan, Iran. By  M. Ahmadi, T. Goerz, N. Jafarnejad, M. Scott-Cordes This essay looks at and critiques the views and representations of Persia — both from a Persian perspective and a Western perspective. The constructed dichotomy of the … Continue reading A Dichotomy of Representation: Persian Classical Interpretation from Iranian and Western Perspectives

Investigating Ancient Roots of Antisemitism

Arch of Titus Menorah, possibly the most famous representation of the Roman sacking of Jerusalem. Judaism is the oldest monotheistic religion alive today and it has been a hard-fought survival by the Jewish people, considering the thousands of years of vitriol they faced. The Jewish relationship with the ancient Roman Empire was particularly fraught and … Continue reading Investigating Ancient Roots of Antisemitism