The past often seems to us like a foreign and far away country. Studying this strange and difficult to understand past can teach us not to judge different cultures solely through the eyes of our own cultural values. Moreover, studying the past can teach us how to mediate between our selves and our own perspective and the views and customs of people in the past. This requires empathy and the ability for cultural translation. These are not just important skills for students of cultural history, but for inhabitants of a globalized and multicultural world in general.