The feeling of finding what you’ve sought

I haven’t written on Medium for about five months. Not because I stopped enjoying it, but because life got in the way. Despite the world coming to a screeching halt for almost two years now (and despite our protests that it’s returned to normal), I found myself lacking time and…

Scientists, politicians, emperors and God Himself

It’s easy to view history in a vaccum. In fact, it’s a consequence of studying so called ‘great man history’. We get used to thinking that history begins and ends with these people, forgetting that everyone is part of a wider narrative. …

Carthage, Aeneas, and a cursed love fated to end in flames

The meeting of Dido and Aeneas — Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Dido remains known as the mighty queen brought down by love, forever cursing her lover and his people to be her enemies. This is the narrative Virgil presents us with in his epic Aeneid, where many people’s interest in the founding Queen of Carthage begins and ends. …

Conquest of Hispaniola — Theodor de Bry, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gonzalo Guerrero, the father of the first Mestizos

Many of us grew up hearing about the discovery of the New World. We learned the rhyme ‘in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’, we learned that he was not in fact the first European to discover the Americas and eventually many of us learned of the horrific cost of…

Reconstuction of an elderly Neanderthal — Neanderthal-Museum, Mettmann, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The food and fall of our ancient cousins

The Neanderthals, one of our closest hominid cousins, emerged around 200,000 years ago in Eurasia, roughly the same time homo sapiens were emerging in Africa. It was once assumed that the two species were radically different — the smart, cunning humans, and the brutish, dumb Neanderthals.

Initially, dietary evidence seemed…

An AI generated landscape — Datascientist55, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Who has the right to make ‘art’?

The questions around AI and art are not new ones. For decades now artists have been using AI in various forms to create art, but it’s only in the last few decades that we’ve begun to see what many of us consider to be ‘AI art’ — namely art made…

Danny

Food fan, writer and history nerd. Sometimes I combine the three and write about them here :)

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