Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance artist, has achieved a rare and coveted posthumous distinction: his name is practically a household term meaning “great artist.” The statue of David is arguably his most famous work of all.
It’s often all too easy to romanticize the uncontacted peoples of the world as “Stone Age” or “primitive.” But the truth is, these people live a completely normal life —to them. Being uncontacted, or at least left alone, is part of their ordinary life in the modern world.
Life can seem pretty hard, even on an ordinary day. You might be contending with work stress, a dwindling bank account, or growing relationship problems. Getting through those challenges is difficult enough—but there’s usually no question that you’ll make it in the end.
Considering their story dates back to the eighth century BCE, we know a lot about the ancient Greeks. But, from the Greeks themselves to the Romans to Zack Snyder, the waters have been well muddied for the sake of popular culture.
History is full of strange tales about the things people did to entertain themselves. Many of these “fun” events are gruesome and disturbing by today’s standards. Before Netflix, having fun was often a bit of a horror show.
I have about half a decade of late medieval martial arts practice under my belt. (Yes, it’s a thing.) Has that been enough to become an expert? Haha, no. Has it been enough to spoil all the fight scenes in the very movies and TV shows that got me interested in sword fighting in the first place? You’d better believe it.