As this constitutes an unusual historical name in the Levant, it thus has been attributed to Pontius Pilate, prefect of Judea from AD 26-36 who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.
A reasonable person might ask: Why would someone spend time and money far from home to engage in manual labor on mundane chores? Well, because it’s cool.
Athens’ defeat at the hands of Philip II of Macedon effectively ended freedom and intellectual life in the Western world for several centuries.
The Spartans opened themselves up to attacks when they tried to impose their way of life upon the people they subjugated.
After the defeat of the invading Persians, tensions between Athens and Sparta began to escalate, which would ultimately result in an all-out war several decades later.
Themistocles convinced the Spartans to join the Athenians to fight and ultimately crush the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in 479 B.C.
The elaborate social and political structure of Spartan society can teach us much about self-governance today.
Humans often seem to require dramatic crises to clarify our problems and direct our attention to what is truly paramount. One of the most striking examples is the story of the Jewish people.
That this gruesome practice occurred cannot be doubted, as archaeological evidence confirms the ancient literature.
The third Western Heritage lecture focuses on ‘the Greek miracle.’ That’s the emergence of a political form that has become common today: self-rule.
The balance of recent scholarship that presents Herod’s passing early, in 1 BC, is indeed consistent with early Christian writings regarding the messiah’s birth.
Even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible ‘stocked with historic treasures.’
We learn from history only if we draw the right lessons from it. The radical distance between the Roman world and our own is far-reaching.
To survive in a hostile culture, Christians must articulate and exemplify an alternative vision of human flourishing.
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