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: Cleopatra

So Cleopatra pretty straightforward story Shakespeare tells us that she’s the gorgeous queen of Egypt and master of the art of seduction who banged her way across Rome to get Power ultimately ruining her own Empire before committing Cobra assisted suicide couldn’t be easier, right? Wrong for starters never trust a leading question But secondly […]

History Summarized: Mexico

Mexico has got a lot going on in its history, from ancient civilizations building temples to the Sun and sowing panic about the year 2012, to a great Empire with a city in the middle of a lake and a habit of hucking people off of pyramids, to its less-than-willing participation in New World globalization […]

History Summarized: Mesopotamia — The Bronze Age

Welcome to the Bronze Age: an 11 part collaboration of historical YouTube channels. Be sure to follow up with the video by Epimetheus by checking out the playlist in the description As first up in this big bronze bonanza, I’ll be taking you back to the very beginning. Nope. No too far. No, a little […]

History Summarized: Ancient India

Ancient Indian history feels like the halfway point between a fairy tale and a Lovecraft story. On the one hand, you have fables of princes going out into the wild to seek enlightenment, and guilt-ridden emperors swearing off of conquest and becoming legendary peacemakers, but there are also entire cosmologies simply spoken into existence, and […]

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 […]

Travel Summarized: Blue goes to Iceland

So in blue news, I graduated this past month which is very exciting, and to take a little bit of a break in a vacation, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Iceland, Denmark and Greece, which is very exciting. But also since I’m a chronic workaholic who can’t leave well enough alone, I […]

Legends Summarized: The Journey To The West (Part V)

Last time on Journey to the West, Our cerebral protagonist Sun Wu Kong found himself banished from the group by Tripitaka, thanks to the machinations of a shape shifting demon and the goading of the resentful Pigsy. Left without their primary power house, the pilgrims quickly dissolve into disarray, with Sandy and Pigsy barely managing […]

Shakespeare Summarized: Titus Andronicus

So some of you might have picked up on the fact that I tend to use Macbeth as a ruler to measure overall goriness of various texts; for example on a scale of 1-to-Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet would be maybe a 4 while something like Hamlet would be a solid 9. Now, this is a […]

History Summarized: Scotland

In researching this video I very quickly learned a valuable lesson about how little the Scots mess around. “Okay”, I thought “the Scots in the English hate each other, sure, but it can’t be THAT bad, honestly.” So I took a little peruse to see how many times the two actually fought each other and […]