Alexander Lee

Armless Fun?

In 1820 the discovery of an ancient Greek statue with missing arms posed more questions than answers.

No Laughing Matter

Aristotle’s lost treatise on laughter is a serious business. Could laughter lead to the downfall of society?

Going, going…Goethe?

The question of reconstruction was a thorny issue in postwar Germany, where celebrations of the ‘glorious’ past took on a different hue. 

Not All There

Missing fragments of the written record are made all the more conspicuous by their absence. 

A Philosophy of Falcons

Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was obsessed with falconry. This led him to write a truly revolutionary book on the subject.