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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 […]

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

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 […]

Egyptian clay coffin with human face found in Jezreel

Archaeologists excavating a site near Tel Shadud in Israel’s Jezreel Valley before a natural gas pipeline is installed in the area have unearthed a rare anthropoid clay coffin from the reign of Pharaoh Seti I (1290 B.C. to 1279 B.C.). The cylindrical coffin has a serene face sculpted in the lid, with hands crossed on [...]

Can a Confederate Invasion Bring a City Closer Together?

On July 20, 2014 the city of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ransoming and burning of the city by Confederate forces. This is not the first time that the city has engaged in such a remembrance. It looks like a tasteful commemoration that will likely both educate and bring together the […]

The true author of D.C.’s Emancipation Act is uncovered

A mystery man — who wrote congressional legislation, rode with and influenced Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and knew Washington well — has surfaced as the author of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. Read full article >>

The True Meaning of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Flag

There is a reason why white supremacists align themselves with a history that includes individuals like Nathan Bedford Forrest and symbols such as the Confederate flag. The history and legacy of Forrest and the Confederate flag have not been sabotaged or rewritten by such people. They can both be found time and time again as […]

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