Tim Brinkhof is a Dutch-born, New York-based journalist reporting on art, history, and literature. He studied early Netherlandish painting and Slavic literature at New York University, worked as an editorial assistant for Film Comment magazine, and has written for Esquire, Film & History, History Today, and History News Network.
The volcano’s historic eruption preserved an ancient library, but rendered its content illegible. A public competition aims to change that.
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Long before the birth of Julius Caesar, the Roman Republic appointed all-powerful dictators to protect their state in times of crisis. They were remarkably self-restrained and obedient to the Roman Constitution.
'Six Persimmons,' an ink painting by the Chinese monk Mu Qi, has long been hailed as the poster child of Zen Buddhism. But is its reputation deserved?
An influential series of books argues that the history of the world is the history of generations. Is it right?
See the world through the eyes of a horse — or a cake pan.
These astounding inventions show that civilizations of the past were a lot more advanced than we might have thought.
Tikal, one of the biggest cities the Maya ever built, was home to a vast and flourishing society.
The great philosopher spent the final portion of his painful life in a vegetative state. Did illness get him there, or was it his own philosophy?
Once at the pinnacle of Amsterdam’s art scene, Rembrandt van Rijn eventually found himself outcompeted by his own students.
Rejecting romanticism, these famous paintings depict war as it really is: sadistic and senseless.
China has always been one of the world’s wealthiest nations, but Chinese wealth looks different across the country’s eventful history.
In war zones, aggressors steal art to eradicate the cultural heritage of others. Victims, meanwhile, sell stolen art in order to survive.
Iran’s Persian Constitutional Revolution reveals the complicated relationship between Islam and democracy
The Persian Constitutional Revolution made unlikely allies and enemies of missionaries, ayatollahs, the shah, and his Russian ambassadors. Its legacy shaped modern-day Iran.
In ancient Rome, collective bathing was the norm. In the West today, it’s the exception — and that’s too bad.
The world’s “most produced living playwright” wins out over other contestants, including Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.
Science and technology were making early modern Europe a better place to live, but at what cost?
Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese recruited native New Guineans to their campaign.
His crime was so great, he was not only sentenced to death but his name was to be erased from memory.
Still, the author's main argument wasn't totally discredited.
The design was as intricate as that of modern-day, factory-fabricated denim jeans, and just as durable. The ancients had fashion.
Pure cinema is about removing redundancy so that even the smallest detail serves a purpose in relation to the bigger picture.
The region of Catalonia has been at odds with greater Spain for over 300 years. The prospect of autonomy remains a distant and fading dream.
The polymath used science to elevate his art.
Nero’s reputation as one of the most malevolent emperors in Roman history might be partly slander.
Explore how belief shapes destiny, from Oedipus Rex to modern geopolitics.
The arsons were no accident, archaeological evidence suggests.
Only Caesar lived to tell the tale.