A deep dive into how humans domesticated nine key species and how that process impacted us, in which I try to ignore the modern politics bit.
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.
Religious institutions throughout history have served functional purposes. Priests heal, advise, judge, keep records, and perform important functions for the redistribution of wealth. It’s not all myths & silly rituals.
Micro-reviews from my recently-read pile: ancient marriage politics, Mediterranean dyes, Hittite architecture & whales throughout the ages.
Ancient Princesses from the Levant region served as advisors, diplomats, and independent religious leaders — unlike their Egyptian counterparts.
Echoes of history reverberate through SFF, parallels that can be hard to pick up on, but which still inform how we think about the world. (published at tor.com)
A wide-ranging reflection on what I learned in January, mostly about the history of fashion, ancient infrastructure, economy and war.
History contains thousands of years of inspiration for creating systems for sending in fiction, from Persian couriers to African drums.