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Federalist No. 2

The Federalist was published in 1787–88 as part of the effort to secure ratification of the new Constitution drafted in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. The target audience was New York’s delegates, who were widely (and correctly) viewed as less than enthusiastic about the document. Show More Summary

St. Paul’s Episcopal Takes a Stand on Confederate History and Memory

St. Paul’s Episcopal in Richmond has announced that it will remove many of the objects that venerate the Confederacy, including specifically those items featuring the…

Masters of the Atlantic

This article is adapted from The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. It’s the time of year when Americans remember a gritty story of conquest and death by decking their houses in warm fall colors and loading their plates with fattening food. Show More Summary

What Sort of Gift Do You Get for a 250th Anniversary?

I’ve been promoting awareness of the Sestercentennial of the American Revolution, in part by describing what happened in the American colonies 250 years ago and in part by using the word “sestercentennial” a lot. On Monday, 30 November,...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem viii kalendas decembres

ante diem viii kalendas decembres 29/30 A.D. — partial solar eclipse in the eastern Mediterranean which is sometimes associated with the crucifixion 62 A.D. — death of the satirist Aulus Persius Flaccus (source?) 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Felicissimus and Firmina 1785 — birth of August Boeckh (one of those old time German philologists who live […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/23/15

Huge & exciting news for the History program a & the Arts Faculty — Louise A. Hitchcock (@ashlarblocks) November 23, 2015 Roman villa TWICE the size of Lullingstone's unearthed in Otford | Sevenoaks ChronicleShow More Summary

Pendant found in Bulgaria is among oldest known gold jewelry

Archaeologists excavating the Bronze Age site of Solnitsata near the northeastern Bulgarian town of Provadiya have discovered what may be some of the oldest known worked gold in Europe. It’s a small pendant made of two ounces of what archaeologists estimate is 24-carat gold although it hasn’t been assayed yet. It was found in a [...]

A DC Watercolorist's Beautiful Record of the Changing City in the '60s and '70s 

Lily Spandorf, an Austrian artist who emigrated to the United States in 1959, lived in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle and worked as a contributing artist for the Washington Star newspaper from 1960 to 1981. Some of Spandorf's art,Show More Summary

“We have now the Stamped Papers in our own Hands”

As related yesterday, on the evening of 5 Nov 1765, Lt. Gov. Cadwallader Colden handed New York’s supply of Stamp Act paper over to the city government.Colden reported:They were carried to the City Hall, and remained safe with a very triffling Guard indeed upon them. Show More Summary

Where in Africa? Maps

A gallery of maps showing where on the continent countries are.

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem ix kalendas decembres

ante diem ix kalendas decembres 534 B.C. — Thespis wins ‘best actor’ at the first City Dionysia (? I’m inferring from strange claims in Wikipedia here … it’s a slow TDIAH day) ca. 101 — martyrdom (?) of Clement I 1852 — birth of Charles Graux (French Classicist … see Melanges Graux for a biography) […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/22/15

A Don’s Life: A Museum of Socialist Art — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015 Laudator Temporis Acti: Beatus Vir — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015Show More Summary

Historical archive found in Russian birds nests

Archaeologists have discovered an archive of 19th and early 20th century Russian history assembled by birds nesting in the attic of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, a small medieval town 40 miles west of Moscow. Restorers have been working on the church, built in the early 15th century, since 2009, repairing the facade, [...]

Another Look at Civil War Military History

In his review of Earl Hess’s most recent book, Wayne Hsieh offers a few words about the ongoing debate surrounding military history that appeared in…

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem x kalendas decembres

c. 70 A.D. — martyrdom of Philemon and Apphia c. 117 A.D. — martyrdom of Cecilia 1817  — according to Wikipedia, Frédéric Cailliaud discovered the Roman emerald mines at Sikait on this date (but I can’t track down their sources) 1891 — birth of Victor Ehrenberg (Solon to Socrates, among others) 1909 — birth of Allan […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part two)

Bulgarian Police Seize Almost 1,000 Archaeological Artifacts from Treasure Hunters — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 21, 2015 @LacusCurtius @papyrologyatman I 've no problem with private collections,...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part one)

Inscripciones romanas en 3D, a un clic. ¿Conoces nuestro proyecto de #epigrafía virtual? — MAN Arqueológico Nac (@MANArqueologico) November 20, 2015 @stephenjohnkay @ef_rome Delighted with my exhibition catalogues from this morning's purchases. Show More Summary

How the New Yorkers Came to a Deal

On 5 Nov 1765, Lt. Gov. Cadwallader Colden of New York sent a report to London about how an angry crowd was besieging him inside Fort George with the province’s stamped paper.In his letter to the Marquess of Granby, Colden wrote, “I expect the Fort will be stormed this night—everything is done in my power to give them a warm reception.”Capt. Show More Summary

Movie posters found under old linoleum sell for more than $200,000

From the annals of every history nerd’s fantasies, a home renovation revealed a treasure trove of vintage movie posters under a linoleum floor (and the original hardwood to boot). Builder Robert Basta purchased the southern Pennsylvania home cheap at auction because it needed a lot of work. He planned to renovate it for resale, something [...]

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