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Mysteries of Primeval China, Part 3: Bronze Kingdom of the West

They forged mighty weapons and traded across the Eurasian steppe — yet their true identity remains a mystery. Meet the progenitors of China’s Bronze Age. Sometime around 4000 BCE — when Egypt and Sumer were just beginning to build their first cities — a few hundred nomads gathered on the banks of China’s northwest Yellow […]

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Mysteries of Primeval China, Part 2: Who Killed the Gods?

Gods and monsters are surprisingly scarce in China’s earliest recorded legends. Who killed them off — and why? To understand the heart of a civilization, we have to start with its myths. How did the world get to be the way it is? Where did people come from? What are we doing here, and what’s […]

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Mysteries of Primeval China, Part 1: Into the Labyrinth

They wove silk, carved jade, and raised great walls — all without meeting one another! Meet the inventors of Chinese civilization. In the 6600s BCE — a full three thousand years before construction began on Egypt’s Great Pyramid — the people of China’s Yellow Riverplain had already developed a taste for the finer things in […]

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The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Part 4: The White Walkers

They rose from their graves to confront the living — and we still haven’t put them to rest. Meet the REAL Army of the Dead. The dead are gathering. By the millions, they clamber forth from their graves and stand like a legion of silent sentinels, waiting for the signal to sweep over the countryside […]

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The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Part 3: Slaver's Bay

Their slaves built towering pyramids and served in ruthless armies — until a conqueror came to set them free. Meet the REAL masters of Slaver’s Bay. Although the merchants of the city are fabulously wealthy, their legions of slaves labor in misery. While the masters bask in luxury, it is slaves who build their ornate […]

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The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Part 2: The Dothraki

They rode wild and free across an entire continent — and made emperors tremble in their beds. Meet the REAL Dothraki. The howling riders thundered over the horizon. They appeared infinite in number — pouring across the plains, swinging swords and firing arrows, crushing well-trained armies beneath their horses’ hooves. To those who glimpsed them […]

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The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Part 1: Dorne

They ruled North Africa, conquered Spain, and transformed European culture forever. Meet the REAL Kingdom of Dorne. The empire is at war. The southern king retreats to his seaside palace, where he cautiously plots revenge amid sumptuous gardens — with his beloved queen always at his side. Meanwhile, on the mainland, armies of knights clash […]

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Great Empires of North America, Part 6: Masters of the Plains

They subjugated Texas, collected tribute from Mexico, and made white people their slaves. Meet the Comanche — original conquerors of the Wild West. For as long as anyone could remember, the people had roved freely across the open plains. Here on the steppe-land, there were no walls to hem them in. No mountains to halt […]

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Great Empires of North America, Part 5: The League of Peace and Power

They created North America’s first  democracy, and played chess with European empires. Meet the Iroquois — the Northeast’s unstoppable Native confederacy. He was called the Peacemaker — and people would later say he was born of a virgin. Driven to anguish by his people’s ceaseless cycle of warring, kidnapping and torture, he “set his teeth […]

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Kingship, Knowledge, and the Path to Gnosis

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