Prabuddha Archive

15 Unknown and Surprising Facts about Chanakya

Considered as a pioneer in the field of political science and administration, Chankaya (4th century BC) was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, and royal adviser. He is largely credited for founding the Mauryan Empire. Also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupt, Chanakya was the chief adviser to the first Mauryan Emperor Chandragupta, and his son, Bindusara.

13 Most Adorable Gustav Klimt Paintings

Known for his decorative style and the frank erotic nature, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), was an Austrian painter and an exponent of the Vienna Secession movement. He challenged the established concepts of art and introduced a movement which was largely similar to the Art Nouveau style. Klimt often shocked his critics with unorthodox techniques, and sometimes,

15 Famous Scientists Who Died Mysteriously

Ever since explorations and larger scientific experiments became common from the beginning of the 21st century, there have been several incidents where famous scientists died under mysterious circumstances. Some were murdered while others just dropped dead like flies. No wonder, conspiracy theories abound the mysterious deaths of these scientists. Decades later, the deaths still continue

13 Things You Should Know about the Roman Legionary

The Roman legionary, perhaps, played the most important role in pushing the boundaries of the Roman Empire all across Europe, Asia, and Africa. The all-conquering Roman military juggernaut was a highly disciplined and efficient unit that converted a small city in the Italian peninsula to one of the most powerful empires in history. Almost the

15 Unknown Things about Christopher Columbus

12 October, 1492. Italian explorer and fortune hunter Christopher Columbus sets foot on the pristine white sands of the Bahamas and hoists the Spanish royal flag. He claims the territory for his King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Columbus believed he was in Japan, but in reality, he had landed in “New World”. History, for better

15 Unknown Facts about William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, aka the Bard of Avon, is perhaps the most identifiable icons of England, after the royal family, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the red double-decker buses. Exactly 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s plays are still performed all over the world and have been adapted and re-adapted time and again for both stage

13 Weird Facts about Sex in Ancient Greece

Sex has fascinated mankind from the very beginning of time. Conservatives may argue that it has become more than central in today’s over-liberal society, a far cry from the pious nature of our forebears. The truth, however, is that people from the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations practiced various sexual traditions that were downright weird.

15 Most Admirable Frank Lloyd Wright Houses

Few architects in the world have had such a major effect on modern house designs, like Frank Lloyd Wright. He changed the face of contemporary living with carports, floor plans, and air-conditioning. Frank Lloyd Wright houses continue to inspire generations of designers. Many of his buildings were later handed over to charity and opened for

13 Decisive Battles in History That Changed the World

For better, or for worse, world history has often been shaped and reshaped both by selfish pursuits and sacrifices during a war. The battlefield, no wonder, is a strange place where betrayal, violence, and horror live side by side with unspeakable courage, determination, and honor. Stories and legends of glorious victories, fallen heroes, and bloody

15 Famous Christian Art Paintings

It’s just fascinating to see how the lives of Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and all the saints have inspired artists for centuries. If you have ever been to a museum of Christian art, you’ll agree how exciting it is to stand in front of these masterpieces that we normally get to see in pictures, books,