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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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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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Kingship, Knowledge, and the Path to Gnosis

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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 […]

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Why Do We Fetishize History's Greatest Monsters?

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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 […]

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