1. Wisdom leads to pleasure

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Marble head of Epicurus, c. second century AD (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

1. Wisdom leads to pleasure

‘By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not…


Lessons from ancient Rome’s greatest political speaker

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Bust of Cicero, first century AD (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

Self-Reflection is Key


At night, he transformed into a different person

A man wearing a hooded jacket facing away from the camera during a snowy night.
A man wearing a hooded jacket facing away from the camera during a snowy night.
Photograph by Kevin Mach (Pexels — image resized by author)

The Butcher


The Führer was a lucky man

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Photograph of Claus von Stauffenberg, c. 1930s/early 1940s (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)


A barbaric crime that sparked a political conversation

The silhouette of a man staring at a blazing fire.
The silhouette of a man staring at a blazing fire.
Photograph by Adam Wilson (Unsplash)

The Gangs of Glasgow


The man who discovered π (pi)

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Painting of Archimedes by Domenico Fetti, c. 1620 (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

Early Education


A shining light in the Dark Ages

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Portrait of Alfred the Great by Samuel Woodforde, 1790 (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

The Vikings


This woman certainly wasn’t afraid of heights

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Drawing of Sophie Blanchard by Jules Porreau, 1859 (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

Jean-Pierre


This eighteenth-century businessman was a moneymaking mastermind

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Portrait of Josiah Wedgwood by Joseph Priestly, c. late eighteenth century (Wikimedia Commons)

Innovation and quality


The disturbing case of the Edlington brothers

The silhouette of a boy standing beside a barbed-wire fence at sunset.
The silhouette of a boy standing beside a barbed-wire fence at sunset.
Photograph by Nishant Vyas (Pexels)

House of Horror

Jacob Wilkins

Writer from England. Interested in fiction, history, philosophy, politics, crime, culture.

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