All posts by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

The Legend of the “Eye” Part 5

  Featuring an all seeing eye in its imagery ,this is the occultist and magician Eliphas Levi’s pentagram, which he […]

The ‘Capitoline Vision’ of Edward Gibbon.

On the 15th October 1764, Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruins of the Temple of […]

Coffee and the Ottoman coffeehouse (a brief history of…)

Coffee today, easily ranks in the top ten most traded commodities in the world. It sits comfortable amongst natural gas, […]

Roman Road Building 101

The Appian Way? No, just my garden path. Over the past few weeks I have (weather permitting) been building my […]

The Legend of the “Eye” Part 4

  The Hamsa hand. An Amulet against the ‘evil eye’. There are a many number of versions of the all […]

Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, General & Philosopher.

In his ‘Meditations’, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus simply wrote or described himself as ‘a male, mature in years, a statesman, a […]

Sailing triumph, the Boxing Kangaroo and the America’s Cup !

“Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Can’t you hear, can’t you hear […]

Hollywood’s Darling meets Soviet Premier

On the 19th September 1959, Marilyn Monroe was preparing to meet the Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev, while camped out in […]

The Legend of the “Eye” Part 3

The Masonic eye of Providence has a semi circular glory below the eye. Sometimes the eye is enclosed in a […]

The Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt.

The French were among the earliest modern explorers to “rediscover” the great monuments of the Ancient Egyptians. The King of […]