Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates

What follows is speculative, but if you’re up for a bit of a ramble, you might find this post quite fun. You will, of course, be familiar with the old trope that in Egyptian art, everyone looks like everybody else, and that the only way of telling one person apart from another is to look … Continue reading “Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates”

Conversing with gods: propaganda or vision?

In this blog entry I’d like to ram home a couple of general points that have wide explanatory power and are not talked about enough.¬†And when they are broached as subjects, it is often to minimize their importance rather than to appreciate it. These are they: The ancients did not think like we do. Even … Continue reading “Conversing with gods: propaganda or vision?”