ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

The New + the Next

This Crusading Scientist-Comedian Challenges Viking Myths

Ella al-Shamahi is challenging misperceptions, from Neanderthals to an idyllic island off Yemen.
True Stories

This Roman Emperor Lost His Lover and Turned Him Into a God

Hadrian had lost Antinous, but he wasn’t about to let the younger man’s face be forgotten.
The New + the Next

The Growing Global Pushback Against Sketchy Antiquities

A King Tut auction at Christie’s resurfaced long-held grievances from countries of origin — and more are speaking up.
True Stories

The Confucian Scholar Who Tamed Genghis Khan

This 13th-century adviser faced down a brutal tyrant and helped shape modern Chinese government.
OZY TV

The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.
True Stories

How Dazzling Chinese Silk Defeated the Roman Army

If you’re outnumbered in a battle, remember that you can always turn to showmanship.
True Stories

What the Ancients Can Teach Us About How to Remember

Ancient mnemonic techniques once shaped the world and how people learned.
True Stories

Decoding the Secrets of an Ancient Maya Cave

The subterranean world of Central America offers clues as to how environmental changes doomed a civilization.
The New + the Next

Smuggling Backlash Leads to Iraq's Stolen Treasures Returning Home

Global strategies are shaping the way museums, collectors and locals preserve history.
True Stories

What the Foreskin of Jesus Can Teach Us All

The legendary sacred foreskin of Jesus of Nazareth has been the subject of marvel, ridicule, faith and scandal throughout its illustrious history.
The New + the Next

The New-Age Spread of Ancient Mexican Cures

A wave of intrigue is taking traditional healing practices to previously unexplored shores.
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The Weekender

OZY Tribe members near and far provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
Good Sh*t

This Maya Village Was Frozen in Time by a Volcano

A visit to this frozen-in-time farming village shows what daily life was like for Maya commoners in Mesoamerica.
True Stories

A Mythical Chinese Emperor's Favorite Aphrodisiac

After nibbling on hundreds of plants, the father of Chinese medicine discovered ginseng’s contribution to sexual stimulation.

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