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UK wants to keep Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and dagger

A magnificent presentation dagger and set of silk robes that belonged to T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, have been placed under a temporary export bar by UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The silver-gilt dagger was a gift from Sherif Nasir, cousin of Emir Faisal, given to T.E. Lawrence in 1917 after the [...]

Van Gogh Museum’s exceptional French print collection online

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam first got into the French turn-of-the-century prints when it bought 800 exceptional examples from a German private collection in 2000. Since then the museum has made a point of acquiring more outstanding pieces. There are just under 1,800 French prints from 1890-1905 in the Van Gogh Museum now, but [...]

Ancient First Nations’ clay may kill drug-resistant bacteria

History steps in again to help fight the terrifying scourge of a post-antibiotic world in which even the smallest infection can cause death and entire fields of medical technology — organ transplants, device transplants, cosmetic surgery — are left undefended against the onslaught of pathogens. Last year there was the very promising study of a [...]

Swiss return 2 sarcophaguses, 45 boxes of Etruscan art to Italy

The Prosecutor’s Office of Geneva returned two priceless earthenware sarcophaguses and 45 boxes of exceptional Etruscan artworks to Italy last month. They were found where tens of thousands of looted ancient artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars are usually found: in a giant warehouse at the Geneva Free Ports. They had been there for [...]

Bernin’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa restored

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, has received a thorough cleaning and restoration, the first cleaning in 20 years. There were water stains from a leaking window and layers of black grime from dust accumulation, smog and other airborne pollutants. [...]

The Corruption of Spartan Society

The Sparta of Plutarch bears very little resemblance to the Sparta of Herodotus. By the first century AD, Sparta had become a brutal backwater living according to rigid rituals that the inhabitants exploited to attract tourism. These...Show More Summary

Early Christian church with unique frescoes found in Turkey

Archaeologists excavating the vast networks of rock-cut caves underneath the massive Byzantine-era castle in the town of Nev?ehir, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey, have discovered an ancient church with unique frescoes depicting Biblical scenes not seen before in other churches of the period. Preliminary estimates suggest the church dates to the 5th century and the frescoes [...]

Getty buys Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë for record $30.5 million

The J. Paul Getty Museum blew through the record for Baroque artist Orazio Gentileschi when it bought his Danaë at a Sotheby’s auction Thursday for $30.5 million. That’s more than seven times greater than the previous record of $4,117,803 set in 2007 with the sale of a Madonna and Child. The entire sale of 61 [...]

Browse 18,000 historic menus in the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has a collection of more than 45,000 historical restaurant menus from the 1840s to the present. It’s one of the largest menu collections in the world and it’s still growing, with Culinary Collections librarian (such a great job title) Rebecca Federman at the helm. She is the latest in a [...]

2,500-year-old footprints of people, dogs found in Arizona

I don’t quite have it in me yet to do a research-intensive post but I can’t stand to be out for three days in a row, especially since you have all been so incredibly solicitous of my health. Thank you so much for your wonderfully supportive comments, good wishes, wise advice and even recipes. Archaeologists [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vi kalendas februarias

ante diem vi kalendas februarias 6 A.D. — dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux by the future emperor Tiberius 98 A.D. — death of Nerva (?); dies imperii of Trajan ca. 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Devota 1887 — birth of Carl Blegen, future excavator of Pylos (etc.)

Repititiationes ~ 01/26/16

The Wars of the Diadochi: The Macedonian Army Divides on @wordpressdotcom — DCCommentaries (@DCComm) January 26, 2016 #Sappho #Quote #History — Ancient History...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/25/16

@magisterstevens @DorothyKing @AlexanderIII I rent it out for special occasions ???? — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 25, 2016 The Open Syllabus Project lets you explore assigned texts across 1M syllabi. More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/24/16

Explorator 18.39 ~ January 24, 2016 | Explorator — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 24, 2016 Laudator Temporis Acti: Theology Lesson — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/23/16

Yes, but there were allegedly design flaws, @CarolineLawrenc :-) — Per Lineam Valli (@perlineamvalli) January 22, 2016 I Musei in Comune visti da cautopates su Instagram: More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/22/16

#Syria/n refugees recreate the lost treasures of their homeland — Archaeology in Syria (@ainsyria) January 21, 2016 New post on myths surrounding Bernini. He did not create "ass's ears"...Show More Summary

A Portrait of the Blogger as a Sick Puppy

With profuse apologies to James Joyce. When you sweat the bed first it is warm and then it gets cold. Claaammy, Claaaaamy, Clammy’s in love. Kick them off! Kick them off! Ah, air. No no too cold. Covers. Covers and hot water bottle. Hug hot water bottle. Mmmmm warm… Why do my ribs hurt? I [...]

Calling in sick

I am in the merciless grip of a stomach bug so the first time that I can recall, I’m going to have to take a sick day. Try not to miss me too much.

Uncharted WWI U-boat found off English coast

Windfarm developers scanning the southern North Sea floor off the coast of Norfolk for future offshore windfarm projects have discovered the remains of an uncharted German U-boat missing in action since 1915. ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and Vattenfall scanned the seabed with advanced sonar technology for two years. They covered more than 6,000 square kilometers (2,317 [...]

Review: The Last Roman: Vengeance by Jack Ludlow

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2015 Before Belisarius became the famous general that recaptured much of the western Roman Empire for the emperor Justinian, he was a youth on the cusp of manhood in Durostorum (now called Silistra in Bulgaria), an outpost of the Eastern Roman Empire on the southern shore of the Danube River. Show More Summary

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