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First Emoticon: 1648?

Everything is older than you think it is: We interrupt our blogging of Daniel Deronda to share breaking news: In reading some of Robert Herrick’s poetry last night, I discovered what looks to be the first emoticon! It appears at theShow More Summary

William Dawes Tells a Good Story

On 17 June 1875, Harriet Newcomb Holland wrote down the stories she’d heard about her grandfather, William Dawes (shown here in a portrait by John Johnson).Holland had heard those tales from her mother, Dawes having died ten years before she was born. Show More Summary

The 48th/150th: Colonel Sigfried's Decision . . .

Colonel Joshua Sigfried (Courtesy of Mr. David Sigfried) 150 years ago, in late April 1864, Colonel Joshua Sigfried faced a tough decision. He had commanded the 48th Pennsylvania for the past two years, assuming regimental command in the spring of 1862 when Colonel James Nagle was elevated to brigade command. Show More Summary

It’s All About Context

There seems to be some confusion about my response to yesterday’s story surrounding a list of demands made by students at W&L students about their school’s relationship with Confederate heritage. Let me assure you that my response is perfectly consistent with positions taken in the past.  Here are a couple of comments from the post. […]

Contract to fix 3rd c. wrestling match found

The vast collection of papyrus fragments unearthed at the ancient site of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, the late 19th, early 20th century continues to bear sweet fruit. King’s College London Classics professor Dominic Rathbone has translated one of the Oxyrhynchus texts and found it’s the only ancient match-fixing contract ever discovered. Written in 267 A.D. in the [...]

Georgia city commemorates Confederate industrial complex

During the Civil War, Macon, Ga., was one of the South’s most active military industrial complexes, daily turning out huge amounts of small arms ammunition, artillery shells, rifle stocks and cannons, as well as soldier necessities such as caps, shoes and tents. Show More Summary

W&L University President Responds to Student Concerns about Confederate Heritage

Late this afternoon President Ken Ruscio of Washington & Lee University responded to a group of Law School students, who are concerned about their school’s connection to Confederate heritage. The president used the opportunity to encourage open communication between students and the administration and to reinforce a few facts that seem to have been overlooked […]

Is This Greek Inscription Known? Is It Even Ancient?

Another one I’ve come across, but I can’t really tell if it is genuine or not from the photo nor can I figure out if it is even ancient:

See a Piece of Concord’s North Bridge

I grew up in suburban Boston around the time of the Bicentennial. In fact, I was in fifth grade, when the Massachusetts social-studies curriculum focuses on colonial and Revolutionary history, during the 200th anniversary of the first year of the War for Independence. Show More Summary

Roman Emperor Otho's Death

This Day in Ancient History : Otho © Trustees of the British Museum, produced by Natalia Bauer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme On this day in ancient Rome, in the... Read Full Post

Are These Inscriptions Known?

A couple of items which have shown up in online forums in the past while:

No Confederate Flags in Washington & Lee University’s Chapel

I first heard about this story on one of the Southern Heritage Facebook pages, but now a group of black law students at Washington & Lee University, who are demanding that their university distance itself from its Confederate past is gaining some traction [and here]. This push comes on the heels of the steps taken […]

Norway gives lost Chinese 1927 silent film to China

The only known surviving copy of a classic 1927 Chinese silent film has returned home. The restored copy of Pan Si Dong (The Cave of the Silken Web) was handed over to the China Film Archive in Beijing on Tuesday. After the ceremony and a reception attended by invited guests, the film, accompanied live by [...]

American Civil War: Third Battle of Winchester

Fought September 19, 1864, the Third Battle of Winchester saw Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan advance south and attack Confederate forces led by Lt. Gen. Jubal Early.  Striking with VI and XIX Corps, his early efforts to penetrate Early'sShow More Summary

Joseph Green, John Hamock, and the Freemasons

Yesterday I shared a bit of a scatological attack on Freemasonry published on the front page of the Boston Evening-Post on 7 Jan 1751. That attack included not only a poem but a woodcut illustration obviously commissioned for that poem. Show More Summary

Where Warhol meets Venus

by Caroline Lawrence In 2010 a millionaire art collector bought a four story house in a pretty hill town on the French Rivera and made it into a boutique museum for his marvellous collection of Classical and modern art. This is the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, or MACM for short. For any lover of ancient […]

Is This Blog Post About Blogging Scholarship?

This past weekend a panel discussion was held at the annual meeting of the OAH on whether blogging ought to be considered scholarship. I didn’t travel to the OAH this year and even if I did I likely would not have attended this particular session since I don’t work in academia and the question and […]

JE Casely Hayford Quotes

Quotes by JE Casely Hayford, Pan-Africanist and Ghanaian Nationalist.

Impressive LiveTweeting of the Classical Association Conference

There’s some excellent livetweeting going on right now of the Classical Association shindig in Nottingham. It’s pretty much a model of how to do it (although I’d still like to see abstracts posted before a talk) and is possibly the next best thing to being there. The official hashtag is #CA14, although #CA2014 is also […]

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