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Issayas Afeworki, Eritrea

Image of President Issayas Afeworki of Eritrea, © IRIN. Page 3.

Egypt: Rediscovering a Lost World

It is probably every budding Egyptologist's dream to travel to Egypt and visit the sites of the pyramids, temples and tombs. For most of us it will remain a dream. The second best thing you can do is treat yourself to this BBC series about the discoveries which lay the foundations for today's knowledge about Africa's oldest recorded civilization.

Robben Island Prison Museum: B-Section Courtyard

Gallery of images of Robben Island, World Heritage Site and Apartheid era prison: B-Section Courtyard. Page 16.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia

Image of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, © Claire Soares/IRIN. Page 5.

Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, Zambia

Image of President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa of Zambia, © IRIN. Page 7.

The Online Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts

I started researching Revolutionary New England in earnest a little over fifteen years ago. I was lucky to begin as the World Wide Web spread and as institutions like the Google corporation, the Hathi Trust, and universities decidedShow More Summary

Charlottenburg Palace’s New Wing reopens after restoration

Charlottenburg Palace, home of King Frederick the Great’s first court after he ascended the throne in 1740, reopened on December 26th after two years of renovations. It started out as a small private retreat in Lietzow, a village a mile or so west of Berlin, commissioned in 1695 by Electress Sophie Charlotte, sister of British [...]

A walk at “Tuleyries”

Earlier today, circumstances were such that I had an opportunity to enjoy the morning sunrise. Granted, it was overcast, but watching the dawning of a new day can be pleasant enough. My destination… the Virginia Arboretum (aka, Blandy Experimental Farm). Why? For one, it’s free… and open, literally, from dawn to dusk. I visited for […]

Just Desserts in a New Children’s Book?

A picture book to be published next month takes readers through three centuries of history following a simple recipe for blackberry fool, but it has depths that some people have found troubling. The book is A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Show More Summary

Artifacts from Scotland Yard’s Black Museum to go on pubic display

In 1869 the passage of the Prisoners Property Act had made it legal for the police to use the property of prisoners for instructional purposes, so when the Central Prisoners Property Store was created at London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters in April of 1874, one Inspector Neame began to put together a small collection of objects [...]

“Marion Harland’s” Civil War

Though not a Shenandoah Valley author, Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (aka… “Marion Harland”) is still someone who caught my attention. Yes… Virginia-born, but… she comes with a particular twist when dealing with the Civil War. Here’s what the entry in Encyclopedia Virginia has to say about her and the war… Harland’s novels were written over […]

I Only Read This Book for the Relatable Past

You might think that Thomas A. Foster’s Sex and the Founding Fathers is about the sexual behavior of the men who led the American Revolution and the creation of the federal government. But take a look at the subtitle: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Show More Summary

Sailor’s coat from USS Monitor ready for display

After more than a dozen years, a sailor’s coat that was recovered from the gun turret of the Civil War ironclad warship USS Monitor is about to go on public display. Conserving this compelling artifact was an incredibly hard task, starting with the act of removing it from the ship. The 150-ton revolving gun turret, [...]

“Papers and books were scattered everywhere…”: A Day at The Briars

In speaking with someone just the other day, I mentioned how I’ve had an incredibly enjoyable time working through the nineteenth century literature of the Shenandoah Valley… meaning, the literature generated by those who lived here, and by those from without who wrote about the Valley and its people. In fact, I’m still working through […]

Editing the “Compulsively Circumspect” Thomas Hutchinson

This year the Colonial Society of Massachusetts published the first volume of its Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson series, a project decades in the making. That makes a valuable and widely discussed source available at last.This month the series’s chief editor, John W. Show More Summary

16th c. Faith stolen by priest found after 70 years

The Tutela Patrimonio Culturale unit of the Carabinieri, a division of Italy’s national police squad dedicated to investigating stolen art and antiquities, has found a 16th century painting by Alessandro Bonvicino, better known as Moretto da Brescia, that disappeared from a church 60 years ago. It was discovered in Brescia, in the home of a [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/24/14

Agenda? What? Retraction? How? | conflict antiquities — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 24, 2014 Dorothy King's PhDiva: Second Temple Jerusalem — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist)...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/23/14

Laudator Temporis Acti: A Particular Dialogue — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 23, 2014 Greek Anthology, 5.12 (Rufinus): Gather Ye Bath Bubbles While Ye May | Sententiae Antiquae More Summary

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