Ancient Societies

Rhetoric – The Art of Persuasion is a Cultural Imperative

Rhetoric – The Art of Persuasion is a Cultural Imperative

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Words well delivered can be loaded up with many meanings, both positive and negative. They can infiltrate and influence our thoughts, our ideas, and opinions because words are how the world works. The style of life words have produced is what we enjoy in Australia today. Many have died to protect those rights and our liberty under the law.

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

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American Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. In her short and powerful new book called Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities she makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. She challenges us all to strive be truly human – ‘to remain childlike, to keep an open mind, to refine an ability to remain humble, to eschew pride and arrogance and to be reverent towards other people and towards the natural world’.

Rugby World Cup Trophy – Welcome, Hospitality & Celebration

Rugby World Cup Trophy – Welcome, Hospitality & Celebration

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Since the founding of the Rugby World Cup The Webb Ellis Cup has become for many cultures collectively a deeply embedded symbol of social wellbeing and the spirit of sportsmanship for those playing Rugby football. But what does the finial in the shape of a pineapple on the top mean?

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

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The Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) Show is on at Royal Randwick Racecourse at Sydney from the 7 – 11th September. It is the leading industry body representing antique and art dealers in Australia today. Their Code of Practice is surety that your investment in the past is also an investment in your future.

Cadel Evans Celebrity, Caring in Community a Balancing Act

Cadel Evans Celebrity, Caring in Community a Balancing Act

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Headlines in newspapers across Australia on July 25th 2011 celebrated the awesome achievement of cycling’s new hero Cadel Evans, a man deeply committed to the ethos of his profession and chosen sport. Through endurance, patience and above all persistence after more than a decade of trying he finally won on 24th July Le Tour de France, the most demanding of all the cycling races around the world. Evans gave a performance of great éclat.

The Gough Map of Great Britain Medieval Miracle goes Digital

The Gough Map of Great Britain Medieval Miracle goes Digital

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It is really only since the Victorian Age that early maps of the world went from being considered amusing relics of dark-age ignorance held up to public scorn and ridicule to being seen as an essential element in understanding the medieval world-view. They are important to anyone with an interest in the art, literature, philosophy and social structure of that time.

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

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Italian adventurer, Marco Polo, perpetuated the western predilection for exotic goods in the European mind from early in the thirteenth century. He related fascinating stories about visiting a far off luxurious land called Cathay.

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

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The European medieval mind concerned itself with matters of the soul harmony & music as major aspects of the kósmos, a system centred on the earth & human race

Countdown to Atlantis, Comic Con Phenomenon and, about Hope

Countdown to Atlantis, Comic Con Phenomenon and, about Hope

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The final Atlantis Space Shuttle Mission countdown is over. Atlantis has left Cape Canaveral to rendezvous in orbit with the space station above the earth for the final time. “Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best,” said Christopher Ferguson, Atlantis commander, to launch director Mike Leinbach just before the lift-off of STS-135, 8 July 2011.

Finding Paradise on Earth

Finding Paradise on Earth

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From the earliest times gardens were associated with shade, running water; fragrance and fresh produce and therefore represented peace and prosperity. Each visit to a garden is a unique experience because its plants, ornaments, views and garden buildings appear in a sequence that can never exactly be repeated ever again….

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At the Beginnings of Art – Precincts of Power and Glory

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The city of Rome came into being when the seven hill towns became one to drain the valley floor and improve their collective future.

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At the Beginnings of Art – An Arcadian Ideal

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The Arcadian ideal of ancient Greece as a centre for youth, energy, toleration and intellectual freedom a place where beauty and nature came together is true

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

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All cultures on earth, just like individuals, have distinct modes of existence and creation stories are something they all have in common in a logical attempt to rationalise the presence of humans on earth. ‘In the beginning’, the ancient Greek oral Poet Hesiod says somewhere between 750 and 650 years before the Christ event (BCE), ‘there was Khaos, vast and dark.