The Ancient City of Alexandria, Part 2: The Lighthouse and Library

Many of the centuries-old monuments of ancient Egypt, from pyramids to temples to the infamous Great Sphinx, still stand today. While the city of Alexandria has survived along with them, over two thousand years after its humble beginnings as a small port town chosen by Alexander the Great in one of his dreams, some of its most impressive ancient structures have unfortunately been lost. Known as an important cultural Read More

The Ancient City of Alexandria, Part 1: Rise, Fall, and Pursuit of Knowledge

Known as the intellectual capital of its time, beloved by ancient scholars and scientists, and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the ancient Egyptian capital of Alexandria earned an impressive reputation over its centuries-long history—one it maintained even beyond the relocation of Egypt's capital several hundred years ago. At the height of its influence, Alexandria was considered the seat of Read More

Ma’at and Matters of the Heart: A Look At Spiritual Law and Order in Ancient Egypt

What do the law and the afterlife have in common? Perhaps not much in today's world, but in ancient Egypt, they were very closely linked through the concept of ma'at. “Ma'at” refers to an ancient principle that encompassed the foundations of Egyptian civilization: truth, justice, and harmony. These ideals were personified in the form of a female deity of the same name. The goddess Ma'at served as the Egyptian Read More

Celebrating 100 Years: The History and Legacy of the Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize will be celebrating its own achievements this coming June as it approaches the 100 year mark. A prestigious award for excellence in journalism, literature, and music, the prizes have been announced every spring since 1917. Considering its rich history, its cultural significance in America, and its worldwide influence, it's worth reflecting back on the Prize's humble beginnings. Joseph Pulitzer, Read More

Law and Lincoln: A Look at the 16th President’s Early Legal Career

Among his many achievements as the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is often remembered for his stirring speeches. While he won the presidency in middle age, he cultivated his oratorical skills in young adulthood while working as a lawyer. He first received his license to practice law in the state of Illinois in 1836. Along with his various partners, Lincoln then went on to handle over 5,000 legal Read More

Born This Way: Natural Law and Its Role in Today’s Legal System

Have you ever wondered how laws are made? How do lawmakers decide what rules we must follow as a society, how we enforce the rules, and how we handle those who break the rules? While the answers to those questions are woven through centuries of history, like many threads in a rich tapestry, we can look to one philosophical concept for help: the theory of Natural Law. According to Natural Law, our laws should be Read More

From Riches to Roman Conquest: Hellenistic Art and Culture in Greek Antiquity

The death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC also marked the birth of a new age: the Hellenistic period, when the after-effects of Alexander's campaign reverberated throughout the world. Greek or Hellenic culture thrived during this period, spreading from the Eastern Mediterranean to Asia. Hellenism, or the Hellenistic period of art, reflects the political and cultural changes that took place in the lands that were Read More

Lawyers: Behind-the-Scenes Actors in Renaissance Italy

The Renaissance era (1300-1600) marks a significant period of cultural rebirth across many European cities. Creatives and intellectuals flourished during this period, creating new ideas and innovations within the spheres of artistic, political, and scientific thought. As new fields of study emerged and others expanded, certain professions gained clout within society. What do lawyers and artists have in common? As Read More

Searching for the Woman in Gold: The Legal Battle for Klimt’s Stolen Painting

Mainstream knowledge of Gustav Klimt's work has persisted through the decades, but what about his paintings? As it turns out, many of them have also survived—just not with their rightful owners. Klimt's gold-embellished painting “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” (1907) was one work among several that were first commissioned by a wealthy Jewish family, headed by Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, only to be plundered during the Read More