If Karl Rove had lived in ancient Rome, he might have written something like Commentariolum Petitiones, a down-and-dirty electioneering guide from 64 B.C. just published in English by Princeton University Press as How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for… More»
#ThyCaptionBe: Sword Safety
You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.
Haircut gone wrong or prop sword mishap? It’s actually story of backstabbing and assassination.
Once a great Roman military general, Pompey, fled Italy for Egypt as Caesar began a civil war.
When he arrived at his Egyptian exile, what Pompey thought was a welcoming party turned out to be a group of assassins. (Surprise!)
Set against a blood-red background, Pompey’s severed head rests at the feet of Caesar who makes a gesture of rebuke.
#ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.