Category Archives: River and History

Floods play a vital role in ecosystems – it’s time to get out of their way

This is an article about the creative – not just destructive – aspects of floods, that Nicole McCasker, Keller Kopf and I wrote recently for The Conversation. Paul Humphries, Charles Sturt University; Nicole McCasker, Charles Sturt University, and R. Keller … Continue reading

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Rivers of art: Ancient Rome

The Ancient Romans are, I suppose, best known for their ambitious and sometimes mad emperors, military conquests, rather unsavoury treatment of Christians, gladiatorial contests and their chariot races. And their roads. Oh yes, and their aqueducts. We shouldn’t forget their … Continue reading

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Historical Ecology PhD project and scholarship: Stuffed Murray Cod in Pubs

PhD Project: ‘Stuffed Murray cod in pubs: trophy fish and environmental change in the Murray-Darling Basin’ There is an exciting opportunity to carry out a PhD project in the School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, on the topic … Continue reading

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Rivers of art: Hellenistic Art

Classical Ancient Greek art largely featured humans or deities performing feats of courage (wrestling lions, stabbing minotaurs – that sort of thing), fighting battles or involved in calmer domestic situations. Indeed, Ancient Greek mythology provided a rich source of material … Continue reading

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Rivers of art: Ancient Egypt

In the beginning Water features strongly in the creation myths of many civilizations. The Ancient Egyptians were no exceptions. At Heliopolis, for example, people believed that in the beginning there was only the surging, chaotic water, Nu or Nun. And … Continue reading

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Rivers of art: indigenous societies

Ancient peoples just didn’t paint rivers. It is uncommon to find rock art, tomb paintings, frescoes or amphorae where rivers were the main focus. Perhaps only the Chinese, dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), made rivers and waterfalls … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci: rivers, water, science and art (Part 3: diverting the Arno)

In my previous posts on Leonardo da Vinci, I described his fascination with water and rivers, which pervaded his art and his science. Leonardo is rare amongst artists, then and now, in his combination of art, science and engineering. He, … Continue reading

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