History Summarized: Ancient Persia

If you, like me, learned about the Persian wars from the Greek perspective, or have even so much as heard of the movie 300, you might be inclined to view the Persian Empire as some kind of First Order level big bad. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Persia is often branded as […]

History Summarized: Akhenaten

Ancient Egyptian mythology is a complex beast, with hundreds, if not thousands of deities, and a sophistocated bureaucracy of priests overseeing the management of religion across the empire. What happens when that entire polytheistic system gets forcibly co-opted into monotheism instead? Well, one king actually tried to do it, and he would have gotten away […]

History Summarized: Ancient China

This video is brought to you by Squarespace. More on that later. The Empire, long divided must unite – long united, must divide. Thus, it has ever been. So opens the famous Chinese tale “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, or to put it another way, China is whole again! Then it broke again! And […]

History Summarized: Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, myths and history go together like sugar and arsenic powder, or was it arsenic powder and sugar? Oh oh Crap! What I mean is they can be hard to distinguish and if you do get them confused you’re probably going to have a bad time. Egyptian history can get really complicated and […]

History Summarized: Imperial China

This video is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus; more about that later. Now, I know what you’re thinking. China Part 3?! Blue, come on! We’ve been over this so many times already! We all know it’s just gonna fall apart again. Uh-huh. Uh- *But* what if I told you that in this […]