One of these personalities who I looked at in a bit of detail was an artist, photographer, and (amateur?) architect named Rembrandt T. Steele, son of well-known Indiana painter T. C. Steele.
Krishna as Arjuna's Charioteer One way in which a book can be termed a cultural icon is if its impact spreads out wide beyond its own particular context and the circumstances behind it's authorship, continuing on to cast its influence down long corridors of time and into unexpected and even unimagined domains of thought and … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita as Cultural Icon
An examination in 5 parts with bibliography Part 1: Introduction: Why it Matters Part 2: Who was Madame Blavatsky? Part 3: The Theosophist Part 4: Historical Context Part 5: Close Reading the Madame's Sources Appendix: Bibliography and research tools
A brief look his career and his seminal work The Cheese and the Worms. Bibliography for further reading included. A well known and often read historian examining witchcraft, art history, and peasant belief in early modern rural Italy, Ginzburg is often cited as a practitioner of the art of micro-history, a methodology where a larger … Continue reading Historian Carlo Ginzburg
Book as Revelation From its inception the Septuagint was the result of an idée fixe, the Ptolemaic obsession with collecting and monopolizing the extant knowledge of the oikumene: the known civilized world. The problem with the Torah or Pentateuch, however, was that it wasn't written in a language the scholars of Alexandria's famous library could … Continue reading Classics by Commission: A (very) Brief History of the Septuagint
Books as Inspiration Edward Gibbon is perhaps one of the best known historians to ever write in the English language, and this more than 200 years after his death. Though many of his conclusions have been challenged, his methodology was surprisingly contemporary and he is sometimes considered the forbear of modern scientific historicism. The Oxford … Continue reading Classics as Source: Edward Gibbon’s Library