menu Menu
22 articles filed in
Culture
Previous page Next page Next page

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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


Kingship, Knowledge, and the Path to Gnosis

To view this content, you must be a member of Ben Thomas’s Patreon at or higher tier Unlock with Patreon

Continue reading


Get Your Copy of "The Cradle and the Sword!"

Read Chapter 1 right nowfor FREE. A historical opera of sweeping proportions, The Cradle and the Sword hurtles the reader from the classical ages of Greece and Persia back into the mists of prehistory, chronicling the wars, intrigues, discoveries and triumphs of the world’s first great civilizations. A web of tales brings together an unforgettable […]

Continue reading


Why Do We Fetishize History's Greatest Monsters?

To view this content, you must be a member of Ben Thomas’s Patreon at or higher tier Unlock with Patreon

Continue reading


A Cemetery of the Living

How my friend’s art connects Hollywood and ancient Egypt Last weekend, I took a trip up to Milan. My friends and I hit all the usual sightseeing spots — the big famous Gothic cathedral, the sprawling neoclassical shopping mall known as the Galleria — but I had one special destination in mind. My friend, the painter Tracy Molis, had a […]

Continue reading


James Needham’s “Bathroom Selfie” Painting Continues a 40,000-Year Artistic Tradition

But to prove it, we’re gonna have to get NSFW. We’ve all gotten pulled into one of those conversations at one party or another: “Art is on the decline! No ones creates original work anymore! Music is produced by robots and armies of slave children! All we do is take selfies and mindlessly share them!” That’s […]

Continue reading


The Insanity That Keeps Us Sane

We’ve got some strange ways of dealing with violent thoughts. Hey, want to hear a cool story? In the 1280s, the Mongol warlord Hülegü Khan was getting ready to make war on the city of Baghdad — which was, at that time, the epicenter of the civilized world. The Khan sent a threat letter to the Caliph […]

Continue reading



Previous page Next page

keyboard_arrow_up