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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
Wanderlust of the ancients | Aeon
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The ancient world

Wanderlust of the ancients

The Roman Empire enabled an early version of globalisation that offered travellers adventure, novelty and opportunity

Fabio Fernandes

Bird of prey | Aeon
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Biology

Journey deep into the Philippine forest in search of the world’s largest, rarest eagle

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Our trip to Antioch | Aeon
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The ancient world

Our trip to Antioch

Ancient Romans bought mementos to commemorate their travels. These speak eloquently of their world, if we care to listen

Maggie Popkin

Stray in Kars | Aeon
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Animals and humans

What the ancient city of Kars looks like from the perspective of its stray dogs

9 minutes

Dashing to nowhere | Aeon
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Travel

Dashing to nowhere

D H Lawrence’s restless travels in Sardinia were a quest for self-knowledge. The real island slipped beneath his notice

William Atkins

The Bombay highway code | Aeon
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Travel

A postcard from Mumbai, where there’s poetry in getting from A to B

5 minutes

The end of travel | Aeon
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Travel

The end of travel

Driven by the need for a storied life, I relished the opportunity for endless travel. Is that a moment in time, now over?

Henry Wismayer

Caribbean honeymoon No 1 | Aeon
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Travel

‘My people!’ A Trinidadian’s love letter to his island, just before its 1962 independence

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Where the rivers meet | Aeon
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Spirituality

Where the rivers meet

Pilgrims have long sought in India’s holiest city an antidote to the modern West, but Varanasi is more dream than reality

Manini Sheker

Thai country living | Aeon
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Home

The rhythms of rural Thailand, where both food and music are sourced from the ground

15 minutes

Fishcakes and cocaine | Aeon
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Home

Eccentrics, artists and Luddites find community on a remote Scottish peninsula

26 minutes

Maria’s way | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

Maria’s life work is counting the pilgrims passing by on Spain’s Camino de Santiago

16 minutes

Fukuzawa Yukichi in Europe | Aeon
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Global history

‘Farcical situations’ and culture clashes – when Japan met modern Europe in 1862

18 minutes

Fly with me | Aeon
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Travel

Fly with me

Jet-age glamour was more than just aesthetic: its promise of motionless movement reshaped perception of time and space

Vanessa R Schwartz

All inclusive | Aeon
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Pleasure and pain

The ritualised excess of life aboard a cruise ship is tragic and parodic by turns

10 minutes

Who was Jack Tar? | Aeon
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Oceans and water

Who was Jack Tar?

He was a patriot and a prisoner, a delegate and a drunk; circling the globe when few Englishmen ever left their home counties

Stephen Taylor

We are wayfinders | Aeon
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Anthropology

We are wayfinders

Navigation and spatial awareness sustained humans for tens of thousands of years. Have we lost the trail in modern times?

Michael Bond

Kitezh-Vladimirskoe | Aeon
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Travel

Postcards from Vladimirskoye – the sleepy town near the ‘Russian Atlantis’

9 minutes

Matkalla | Aeon
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Travel

‘It’s a journey into slowness’: on the road with a Model-T Ford through Europe in winter

11 minutes

Chunyun | Aeon
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Demography and migration

Chinese New Year is a stunning spectacle of human migration in 3 billion journeys

7 minutes

Ed Ruscha: Sunset Boulevard and other LA streets | Aeon
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Art

Ride shotgun through mid-century LA with Ed Ruscha’s photos and Jack Kerouac’s words

2 minutes

Auto | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Strap in for a delightfully disorienting dance of humans going places

6 minutes

Daybreak express | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

D A Pennebaker transformed documentary filmmaking. This is his first film

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How to see the first movies | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Our ideas about what early movies looked like are all wrong

11 minutes