Ancient Greek Demagogues Might Sound Familiar in 2016
At "How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?", a Zócalo/Getty Villa "Open Art" event at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Eric Robinson, an Indiana University historian of ancient Greece and Rome, describes just how familiar Greek demagogues Pericles and Cleon can seem …
At "How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?", a Zócalo/Getty Villa "Open Art" event at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Eric Robinson, an Indiana University historian of ancient Greece and Rome, describes just how familiar Greek demagogues Pericles and Cleon can seem compared to today's politicians.
Why People Abandon High-Tech Prosthetics
That Luke Skywalker Prosthetic Arm May Strike the Average User as Less Than Sensational
You’ve probably seen the Frozen, Iron Man, and Star Wars prosthetics—intended to boost the confidence of kids with missing limbs. Now you can even meet the first man with the Luke Skywalker arm. With today’s ever-increasing technology, some of these once fictional …
Almost Any Politician in a Democracy Is a Bit of a Demagogue
A Classicist, a Historian, and a Rhetorician Talk Trump, Clinton, and Cleon
There’s plenty of nastiness in our democracy. But is there anything new? For all the fear and consternation about the lies, insults, conspiracy theories, and rhetorical excesses of the 2016 presidential election, today’s political troubles have been familiar features of democracy since its …
Who We Were
What Do Readers Want From the Lives of American Women?
Over the Decades, the Expectations of Female Biography Subjects Have Changed, but Not as Much as We Might Think
A hundred years ago, in March 1916, the first biography of Julia Ward Howe was published to general acclaim. Written by Howe’s three daughters, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 was the first major biography of an American woman, and set a high standard. …
Why Buying an Animatronic Second Head Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
An Expert on the Neuroscience of Impulse Control Explains His Craziest Purchase
Everybody has one head. I’ve got two! One sits atop my neck, the other stares back at me. A constant reminder of my craziest-ever impulse buy. Let me explain. A few years ago, I impulsively purchased a life cast head fitted out with …
An Arts Engagement Project of Zócalo Public Square and the Getty
Will the U.K. Divorce Europe Yet Again?
Nine Takes on Britain's Anxiety-Ridden, On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With the Continent