Recastings of the weeping-dog tale across western Eurasia for more than a millennium indicate popular belief in men’s foolishness and women’s guile. … Read the post weeping-dog tale from ancient India traverses western Eurasia
Husbands must be careful not to criticize or disparage women, only bad women. Referring to women with insufficient specificity gets husbands punished. … Read the post husbands: disparage only bad women, or be shackled
In the ancient Book of Sindibad, a king nearly kills his son in response to a false accusation of rape. Who is to blame? Sages’ reasons versus a fable. … Read the post father almost kills son: who is to blame?
In various versions of the Book of Sindibad, sages instruct the king with stories of scholars futile attempting to compile the wiles of women. … Read the post wiles of women impossible to compile
The seven sages of Greece and Rome were typically persons shrouded in obscurity, not prominent, well-known ancient thinkers. … Read the post seven sages of Greece and Rome
The medieval Hebrew book Sefer Shaashuim includes a tale about how a war started. A related medieval text provides similar folk wisdom about war. … Read the post Sefer Shaashuim provides folk wisdom on how wars start
False accusations of rape, prevalent in historical world literature, provide insight into human sociality and communication across millennia. … Read the post false accusations of rape in world literature