Image of Odysseus and his men cower beneath the mighty Cyclops.

Stranger in a Strange Land: Xenia in Greece and Early America

An important measure of a culture is how it treats its strangers. Warmth toward outsiders reflects cooperation, a receptiveness to the outside world. Although they may seem insincere, guest rites like a Japanese chef shouting, “Irasshaimase!” (“Welcome in!”) speak to … Continue reading Stranger in a Strange Land: Xenia in Greece and Early America

Patron to the arts Maecenas presents artists and musicians to his friend Emperor Augustus.

The Bootstrap and the Iron Crown: How Rapid Shifts in Power Gave Rise to Opportunity

The Strange Power of Autocrats  When it comes to rising above, tyrants, rebels, and regime changes provide a thermal updraft. Power struggles swell the fortunes of revolutionaries and their cabinets. They challenge the status quo and loosen its grip. As a … Continue reading The Bootstrap and the Iron Crown: How Rapid Shifts in Power Gave Rise to Opportunity