French essayist Michel de Montaigne once described a ceremony between two male lovers at Saint John at the Latin Gate in Rome.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, part of a behind-the-scenes policy to ensure access to oil for the U.S. and its allies.
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Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
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In a complex media environment, it's become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump's lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.
The new triumvirate leading the way on Syria has deep roots.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
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The V&A’s current exhibition, Revolution, highlights that all is not rosy from the vantage point of 2016.
Demonstrators march on international migrant day 2016.
Diaries from 1938 show the depth of concern about the direction the world was taking. Are we facing similar dark prospects?
The nativity offers an enticing opportunity to discover how words and interpretations have shaped the story and our understanding of it.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.
The scene of Chile's proudest football triumphs is also a monument to some of its darkest days.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, often called the ‘father of the atomic bomb’ who chaired the ancestor of today’s Department of Energy, had his security clearance revoked during the ‘Red Scare’ of the 1950s.
A historian of science and technology says Trump team's request for names of Department of Energy employees working on climate change recalls worst excesses of ideology-driven science in government.
Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December?
Adoration of the shepherds (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst/WIkimedia Commons
Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
Back in 1663, it was all about staff getting the day off, now it's all about boosting the coffers of the major stores.
Are contemporary insults as witty as the scorn of the past?
Scorn has a long and humorous history. But a new book on the subject, featuring quotes from Kanye West, Christopher Hitchens and of course, Donald Trump, rather lacks contemporary wit.
Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen.
Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
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In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
William Westall’s drawing of the body of an Indigenous man shot at Blue Mud Bay (1803).
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The English navigator had a habit of fair-mindedness. But did it affect the way he related to local Aboriginal people as he circumnavigated Australia?
The Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima features a full-sized replica of the Sistine Chapel.
Increasingly sophisticated technology allows us to make close-to-perfect copies of everything from paintings to burial chambers. Can a replica bring artefacts to new audiences?
A rally in Michigan: Trump’s presidential victory was won in the Rust Belt states, which have been hit hard by globalization.
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Globalization in its present form has generated economic inequalities, political uncertainties and cultural anxiety. Is there a way to move forward that benefits more people?
Ostraka from classical Athens nominating the persons of Kallias and Megakles.
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For the first time in recent memory the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election. But ostracism is an ancient democratic tradition that offers an alternative approach.