It’s easy to divide fantasy cultures with bright lines & borders, but nation-states & imperial identities aren’t the only cultural paradigm.
It’s worth summarizing an entire work not just “in your own words” but with an emphasis on reframing it and focusing on what matters to you.
Micro-reviews from my recently-read pile: ancient marriage politics, Mediterranean dyes, Hittite architecture & whales throughout the ages.
History contains thousands of years of inspiration for creating systems for sending in fiction, from Persian couriers to African drums.
There’s an idea floating around that roads, aqueducts, and other large-scale civil engineering projects required Roman-era engineering. This is a false narrative. A fantasy world doesn’t need iron-age technology to...
Throughout history, the more militaristic culture is, the more it tends to value feminine power. I had this epiphany when a friend and I were discussing how some people –...
We in the West seem to spend a lot of time tracing our cultures back to the maritime empires — thalassocracies — like the Greeks and the Vikings, but we spend very little time talking about the civilization that inspired Greece to consolidate its military power.