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Happy Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation seems to me to be very appropriate this week. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as […]

Rare Shakespeare first folio found in French library

One of only 233 known copies of the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays has been discovered in the library of Saint-Omer, a small town in northern France 30 miles south of Calais. Rémy Cordonnier, director of the medieval and early modern collection, found it this September when looking through the library’s stack for materials [...]

The Great Harbor at Carthage

What is a Cothon? A cothon is a man-made harbor originated by the ancient Phoenicians. Technically, a cothon is a man-made island at the center of a harbor, but because this island was typically included in the harbor design, its name eventually became the general term for the type of harbor. Show More Summary

Still Fighting Reconstruction

I think there are a number of problems with Rev. Barber’s interpretation of Reconstruction, but I can’t help but acknowledge the ways in which the post-Civil War period seems to be creeping into our discourse about a host of issues related to racial politics in recent years. The sesquicentennial of Reconstruction Era offers a number […]

Street View and the 1700s

Back in February the Guardian newspaper featured artist Halley Docherty’s images of historic paintings of London laid over (and, thanks to Photoshop, somewhat under) Google Street View photographs of the modern city. Above, for example, is Canaletto’s 1750s view of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, one of my favorite parts of London. Show More Summary

Hoard of Roman silver found in The Hague

Archaeologists excavating the future site of the Rotterdamsebaan access road in The Hague announced on Friday that they’ve unearthed a Roman-era pot containing a hoard of coins and jewelry. The contents of the pot were discovered fused together in a large lump of metal. Conservators were able to separate the individual parts of the mass [...]

“Behaving with discretion & Calmness”

On 1 Nov 1769, Boston’s selectmen appointed Thomas Bradford a temporary Constable of the Watch for the south part of town.On their authority, town clerk William Cooper issued Bradford these instructions:1st. That you with the Watchmen under you attend at sd. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vii kalendas decembres

ante diem vii kalendas decembres 2348 B.C. — the Great Flood begins (according to someone’s reckoning!) 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Mercurius 251 A.D. — martyrdom of Moses of Rome  

Return of ‘Military Campaigns of the Civil War’ Series

I’ve been a fan of Gary Gallagher’s edited series, Military Campaigns of the Civil War, from the beginning. The individual volumes introduced me to some of the most interesting historians in the field and went far in shaping what I know about Civil War military history and how I think about battles and campaigns. So, […]

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/24/14

#clsblgs Dorothy King's PhDiva: Today In 380: Theodosius Made His Formal Entry into Constantinople http://t.co/B0j7MLJS89 — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 24, 2014 Looting Matters: Cycladic Figures from the Keros Haul and...Show More Summary

Norfolk museum acquires Bronze Age dirk used as doorstop

When a farmer turned up a hunk of bent bronze while ploughing a field in East Rudham, Norfolk, 12 years ago, he had no idea he’d found an archaeological treasure. He used the four-pound object as a doorstop for years. In 2013, the object was reviewed by Andrew Rogerson, Senior Historic Environment Officer of Norfolk’s [...]

Looking Narrowly at Broadcloth with Hallie Larkin

This fall the Readex Report, published to highlight research that folks can do with that company’s digitsal databeases, included costume expert Hallie Larkin’s article, “‘Suitable to the Season’: Using Historical Newspapers to Help Reproduce...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/23/14

#clsblgs Tibullus, Elegies Book 1, 10: 33-44: Life is Short Enough, War is Fing Crazy | Sententiae Antiquae http://t.co/PVuUjWnbiv — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 23, 2014 #clsblgs Bestiaria Latina Blog: Latin ProverbsShow More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/22/14

Baby Minotaur and distinctly unimpressed Pasiphaë. https://t.co/wZ0zOn5mFk pic.twitter.com/grxPmk9u8x — The Classics Library (@stephenjenkin) November 22, 2014 @fond_ras @CarolineLawrenc might I suggest a lamp would depict harbour with a lighthouse…. Show More Summary

Did Slavery Doom the Confederacy?

In this brief video clip Eric Foner talks with one of his graduate students about the crucial role slavery played in the formation and defeat of the Confederacy. Included is a reference to the debate surrounding the recruitment of slaves into the army. The reference to McCurry is Stephanie McCurry’s, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics […]

Leaning Tower of Bad Frankenhausen saved

The funding cavalry has arrived to save the dangerously leaning tower of the Church of Our Dear Ladies on the Hill in the Thuringian spa town of Bad Frankenhausen. The 14th century bell tower, built on a chalk foundation over subterranean salt deposits that get washed out by the springs that put the Bad in [...]

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