During May we celebrate all things ancient, with a modern twist. From 2,000 year old nanotechnology to today’s supercomputers, from earliest chanted rituals to electronic bloviations, the arc of human history has been, shall we say, complicated. As sentient beings, we have constructed marvels in word and deed. We have also destroyed and obliterated that which we don’t understand and those we choose not to recognize. We strut, preen, cogitate, ruminate—we make an altogether spectacular tragicomedy as we shuffle along this mortal coil. Humans are a confounding lot who often are doomed to repeat the very histories we disregard. Here lies the fascination with looking to the past as it reflects our very modern sense of self. (See below quotes for variations on the themes above.)
AntiquityNOW takes great pride in bringing each week examples of how the past is not as distant as we may think. During May, we invite you to share with us the many ways in which antiquity lives today. We would be happy to feature your images, art, stories and other work on our website’s AntiquityNOW Month page. Fill out our submissions form and send with your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also look for our hashtag campaign. More to come on this.
The clock is ticking down. Get ready to rumble!
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.
If you think you have it tough, read history books.
–Bill Maher (comic and political commentator)
Here are some ideas from last year for celebrating AntiquityNOW Month. We’ll be sharing more ideas during May 2015.
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