Journalism and Commentary

Rediscovering the Achaemenid Empire

Because of the internet, Locke argues, everyone is free to communicate, and information is ubiquitous, fast-moving and dangerous. Corporations of the future have to understand the value of this gossip, and profit from their workers trading it. The secretive, pyramid-structured businesses of old will come to look more like a “utopia” of intermingling communities abiding […]

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Review: The Mystery of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: An Elusive World Traced

In the early, heroic days of archaeology, it was invariably the ambition of those who headed out to the Levant, armed with pick and shovel, to track down wonders that they had read about in classical literature or the Bible. We tend to remember the successes. To this day the paradigm remains Heinrich Schliemann, whose […]

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