History Summarized: Alexander the Great

In the half-century following the Peloponnesian War, Greece wasn’t really doing so hot. Athens’ once mighty maritime empire had been rendered moot, and its continued relevance was primarily if not entirely owed to its lasting dedication to culture, art, and philosophy. Sparta’s population–which was never all that large in the first place–steadily dwindled through the […]

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

Last time on the Journey to the West: the virtuous monk Tripitaka set out on his journey to the Thunderclap Monastery, where he was soon joined by the powerful but foolhardy Sun Wukong. Though the Monkey King was originally too stubborn and reckless to be controlled, Kuanyin saved Tripitaka from an early end to his […]

Modern Classics Summarized: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 to a working-class family, spent a few miserable months at age 12 working 10-hour days in a warehouse while his father was stuck in debtors’ prison, and then spent the rest of his life campaigning for child labor laws and writing scathing social commentary about the plight of the […]

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: Byzantine Beginnings

Blue: You ever lie awake at night, thinking wistfully about the Roman Empire? Or is that just a me thing? *sigh* This is so sad. Okay. Alexa, play ‘Roman Empire 2’. Oh, HELL yeah, this is my jam! You see, the big plot twist of the fall of Rome is that it didn’t. While the […]

Shakespeare Summarized: Much Ado About Nothing

(Red) Much Ado About Nothing is the charming tale of love, betrayal, heaping loads of sarcasm, (shouting) BRIAN BLESSED Brian Blessed’s beard, and grown men splashing around in fountains. This classic Shakespearean tale follows the romance between two interesting, funny, sarcastic human beings and their less interesting associates Now for the characters. There’s this sarcastic […]

Legends Summarized: The Monkey King (Journey To The West Part 1)

The Journey to the West is one of China’s four great classical novels. It’s an ancient allegory for enlightenment, and it’s approximately 2000 pages long. As such, it’s not exactly a text I could easily summarize in a single video of a rational length. Anyway, the Journey to the West is packed full of symbolism, […]

Classics Summarized: Iphigenia

So, Agamemnon Let me start this off by presenting my personal opinion on this famous Greek hero (Headphone Warning) F*** this guy!!! All right, now that that’s out of the way let me start from the beginning. Agamemnon is the king of Argos and beyond that his primary defining features is that he’s related to […]

History Summarized: The Punic Wars

The three Punic Wars make up possibly one of the most intense chapters in Roman history, so if you want the full story, please check out this video on the Roman Republic. The short of it is that over the centuries the tiny town of Rome grew and grew until it conquered the entire Italian […]