The Ultimate History (and Future) of Shaving

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Like other modifications to one’s outside appearance, the choice to shave and develop a beard has had an important role in male fashion and self-representation throughout history. Ancient shaving techniques, which relied on dull blades, required painful plucking and exfoliation to get any kind of clean-shaven look, meaning men generally preferred to let their beards …

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Ancient Sparta: The History of the Spartans

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Ancient Sparta is one of the most well-known cities in Classical Greece. Known for its highly-skilled warriors, elitist society, and its reverence for stoicism, people today still look to the Spartans as model citizens in an idealist ancient society. Yet, as it often the case, many of the perceptions we have of Ancient Sparta are …

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The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations

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Life itself depends on salt, and people in early civilizations went to great lengths to acquire it. It was, and still is, used to preserve and season food, and it is important in medicine as well as religious ceremonies, all of which have made it a valuable trade commodity. Some early cultures even used it …

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The Peloponnesian War: Athens vs. Sparta

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Monumental advances in math, science, philosophy, government, literature, and art have made the Ancient Greeks the envy of world’s past and present. The Greeks gave us democracy, the scientific method, geometry, and so many more building blocks of civilization that it’s hard to imagine where we would be without them. However, images of Ancient Greece …

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