Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

"Turn on the radio or the TV, and we’re deluged by ads urging us to buy, buy, buy. Burn the planet, so that for one lunatic day of the year we can wear red hats and snowflake-embroidered sweaters and drink and eat more than is moral, frankly, and imagine everything is perfect and there’s nothing … Continue reading Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation – The Art of Enchantment by Sharon Blackie

The reinvention of the night (By Tim Blanning)

The reinvention of the night - By Tim Blanning "In 1710, Richard Steele wrote in Tatler that recently he had been to visit an old friend just come up to town from the country. But the latter had already gone to bed when Steele called at 8 pm. He returned at 11 o’clock the following … Continue reading The reinvention of the night (By Tim Blanning)

Was Akhenaten’s Atenism monotheistic or polytheistic?

In the 14th Century B.C. Pharaoh Akhenaten, (formerly Amenhotep iv) who is referred to as "The Heretic" ruled Egypt during the 18th Dynasty -the Armana Period. He has been viewed as the first monotheist - the belief in the existence of only one god -  by many scholars and has been credited as the inspiration … Continue reading Was Akhenaten’s Atenism monotheistic or polytheistic?