'Bonaparte before the Sphinx' - Jean-Leon Gerome
"In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte changed history. In 1868, Jean-Leon Gerome showed us why."
What does historian Scott Powell mean by that comment above? Find out here, in a thorough and entertaining historical analysis.
Whatever may be said morally about Napoleon, there can be no question ... that he commands our attention. All of subsequent world history has been irrevocably conditioned by his presence in the time line, and it is in this regard that those of us who wish to change the world for the better should examine him.
What was it about Napoleon that was exceptional, not mundane? What made him ... a world-changer, as opposed to a mere cipher of history? The root of the answer is provided in the deceptively simple painting: Bonaparte before the Sphinx...
Read on here for the answers to these and other questions. (And just by the way, it's still not too late to sign up for Scott's Ancient-History-by-correspondence course. Sign up now before the NZ dollar tanks completely.)