Plato's ideal form of government was a benevolent dictatorship. History shows that such a thing can exist. Here are seven rulers who lived up to Plato's ideal of the "philosopher-king".
Vengeful spirits, seductive spider women, and even sentient teapots are just a few of the fantastical beings that inhabit Japan's mythological landscape.
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Terrifying monsters, tormented souls, and mischievous spirits haunt the forests of Eastern Europe.
Deserts are hostile environments that nonetheless possess a beauty and mystery all of their own. Here are some of the great deserts of the world.
Fine dining in the feudal era was reserved for the rich, while the poor made do with bread and stew. Here is an overview of what people from various classes of medieval society depended on for their daily sustenance.
Behind every mighty empire of history was an elite warrior order that dominated the battlefield. Learn about the 7 most adept of these here.
The honey badger can resist poison, use tools, and attack larger animals by targeting their scrotums. Here are some more facts about the badger with a lion's heart.
What do you get when you grant unlimited power to a mentally unstable individual? Civil wars, mass executions, and orgies.
It took an apocalyptic plague, a series of wars, and a document considered to be the world's first constitution; but eventually, the system that had defined the Middle Ages came to an end.
Greek Mythology has given us an array of iconic antagonists. These monsters test the body, mind, and spirit of the heroes who strive to defeat them.
It was an age of superstition, plague and poverty, when only the rich could afford doctors and the doctors relied on 1,000-year-old texts. Here's a look at medicine in the Middle Ages.
The legendary spies and assassins who helped the lords of Feudal Japan wage war in the shadows. Here's how a ninja was forged.
A few popular theories on the origins of England's famous folk hero
Tormented spirits, man-eating griffins, and of course, dragons; are just a few of the mythical creatures that feature in Welsh folklore.
The Vikings may have terrorized the shores of Western Europe, but in the Middle East, they were perceived not as vicious raiders, but as masterful traders.
Some interesting facts about one of the world's most famous rivers.
Did a meteorite inspire the construction of the pyramids? Did the Delphic Oracle stand upon the site of a meteorite? We explore the fascinating stories that ancient cultures attached to these fallen space rocks, to which they attributed divine blessings and mystical powers.
Ancient Egyptian records mention a land called Punt, which they believed to be their ancestral homeland. So where was Punt, if it truly existed?
In the dark depths of the ocean, these creatures have adapted to a world without sunlight.
Before the Babylonian and Assyrian empires, there were the Sumerians. Here's some of what we know about this mysterious civilization.
A brief overview of the Ancient Maya – a fascinating civilization that managed to thrive despite being situated within a challenging tropical rainforest environment.
The political structures that governed Japan and Europe during the Middle Ages had some interesting parallels, but there were also some important differences
In this article, we take a look at some of the world's most famous haunted locations and the ghostly tales they have inspired.
Did you know scorpions can survive being frozen? This article discusses some intriguing facts and info about nature's ultimate warrior.
They say history only remembers the winners. These legendary teams prove otherwise.