Monthly Archives: January 2017

Rome’s First Black Emperor: Septimius Severus

After the untimely murder of emperor Pertinax, the Roman Empire was thrown into a state of chaos. The Praetorian guard, who had orchestrated the assassination, put the Imperial throne up for grabs, via auction. Didius Julianus won the bid, becoming … Continue reading

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Janissaries: The Forced Servitude of Christian Slaves

  The Ottoman Empire had an elaborate system of military slavery. This system was conducted by the conscription of foreigners, rather than from local Muslim populations. The Ottoman Turks had consolidated their rule over much of Eastern Europe: in 1453, … Continue reading

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The Green Fairy: France’s Hallucinogenic Beverage

It was the go-to poison for many painters, poets, writers, and intellectual thinkers in 19th century France. It became the symbol of bohemian cultural lifestyle. No afternoon happy Hour could be complete without drinking a glass of absinthe, otherwise known as … Continue reading

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