For those in search of hidden corners of Paris saturated in literary history, far from the throngs at the musee d’Orsay or the Louvre, there are few calmer oases than the Maison de Balzac in the sixteenth arrondisement. One of…Read more
History – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news and updates about history from around the world? Check here for updates and thoughts about everything history related, from ancient archeology to Renaissance splendor, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting ruins, museums, and historic sites in over 40 cities, put together by local historians, archeologists, and professors, as well as Context staff. From the Middle Ages to WWII, we provide an intellectually curious take on history happenings across the globe—or in your home city.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
Historian at Work: An Interview with Alexander Evers A native of the Netherlands, Dr. Alexander Evers lectures on ancient and early Medieval history at the Augustinianum of the Pontifical University and Loyola Univeristy of Chicago’s Rome campus. He began leading…Read more
At the end of 2006, Florence will commemorate, through a series of presentations, exhibitions and memorial services, the flood that overwhelmed the city in 1966. The flood is thought of as the largest and most dire natural disaster to have…Read more
Strolling through the ancient streets of Rome, it is easy to imagine the echoing voices of people of the past, whispering the secrets and the events of their time. However, there are special corners of the city where today’s wanderer…Read more
Admit it, you know you have stared and gawked. They are hard to miss, considering how proudly they are emphasized and displayed in 15th and 16th century male portraiture. I am speaking, of course, about codpieces.Read more
While a visitor to Florence will likely see Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo, and the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi and thereby understand something of the history of this city, it takes a bit of a wandering eye and…Read more
One of the theories proposed to explain the strange symbolism found on the back of the American one-dollar bill is that the pyramid, all-seeing eye, and even the eagle clutching arrows are all products of Freemasonry, a secret society shrouded…Read more
Bravo, Maestro! I’d cry so, at the end of a live performance by Pavarotti. Nothing strange in that, as I’m Italian. But a bit stranger for the Americans who sit around me in the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. Are they…Read more
In pre-Christian Rome immortality was tied to memory. If your name was carved into monuments, your portrait displayed on busts throughout the city, and your memory associated with monumental works through the empire, you were, in a sense, immortal. Emperors…Read more
At the height of the Roman empire, the capital city boasted nearly 900 public bathing establishments where everyone from emperor to laborer could come to wash himself, exercise, and (most importantly) socialize. The most beguiling of the bath ruins in…Read more
For the past few weeks, the world’s interest has been centered on Rome. The illness and death of pope John Paul II in late March and early April had major television and Internet news services providing 24 hour coverage. Journalists…Read more
After a long illness, Pope John Paul II died on Saturday evening April 2, 2005. By early Sunday morning, St. Peterâ€™s Square was filled with thousands of mourners, with thousands more flooding in from Trastevere, Prati, and across the bridges…Read more