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Moses Bringing Down the Second Tables of the Law to the Israelites

The spiritual basis of Western civilization has been primarily centered around two movements, Hellenism, and Christianity. Without Homer, the Athens of Solon or Pericles may never have existed, not to mention the Athens of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. In turn, the Bible enables a great Jewish tradition of scholarship to emerge, and when translated into Latin, it gives rise …

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Helen Recognizing Telemachus, Son of Odysseus

Biblical events and Western classics, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, narrate many stories that have been continually retold and reinterpreted throughout the centuries. From full blown discourses to the subtlest of references, these stories can be found in novels, plays, and all types of visual art, such as ancient Greek mythology paintings and …

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The Tragedy of Andromache

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Following on from our previous article, ‘Mythology in a contemporary age’, let’s continue exploring art and mythology as it allows us to appreciate previous civilisations and its influence on contemporary society. This piece will appreciate Franz Matsch’s oil painting ‘The Triumph of Achilles’ and Frederic Leighton’s oil painting ‘Captive Andromache’ which focuses on the literature and …

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Ivan Aivazovsky, ‘The Ninth Wave’ and the Russian Mindset.

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Visual arts, performing arts and literature are all examples of theoretical and physical expressions of creativity found in our societies. At certain points in history, there is an explosion of ideas and at other times there can be a decay. Ibn Khaldun would associate such creativity as a hobby of sedentary people who within that …

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The International Relations Series: Island Identity in the Age of Globalisation

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The purpose of the upcoming series of International Relations articles is to explore why countries and international organisations behave in the way they do such as: The NATO alliance and its expansion eastwards towards Russia. The Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. Xi Jinping’s vision through the Belt and Road Initiative. Benefits or consequences of …

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