History

Nero's Colossus

Spring 2008

Nero’s Colossus

David Hulme

Scholars claim Nero built a huge bronze statue of himself as the sun god and set it up in his Golden House. But he probably never saw the statue standing in his house.

Inventing Deities

Spring 2008

Inventing Deities

Numerous first-century Roman emperors were enamored with divinity.

Spring 2008

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 1

Men As Gods

David Hulme

It’s a reality with a colorful history dating back to ancient empires: Powerful leaders sometimes fall prey to grand delusions.

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 10: The Final False Messiah

Fall 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 10

The Final False Messiah

David Hulme

Historically would-be saviors who promised peace and prosperity failed to deliver. Can any human being or form of government ultimately deliver us or bring salvation?

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Fall 2007

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Alice Abler

By working backward through history, we find that Santa Claus has been with us in various guises for thousands of years.

North Korea's Kim Dynasty

Summer 2007

North Korea’s Kim Dynasty

David Hulme

Kim Il-sung of North Korea created his own postcommunist Juche ideology of self-reliance, perpetuating a personality cult and savior dynasty.

Summer 2007

Pol Pot: Cambodia’s Curse

David Hulme

Mao received the Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot in Beijing in June 1975 to congratulate him on installing radical communism in one fell swoop.

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 9: Oriental Christs

Summer 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 9

Oriental Christs

David Hulme

Manipulation of religious fervor is an important element in the rise and rule of dictators such as Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and Kim Il-sung.

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