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Herbert Hoover’s World War I laces

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has a collection of beautiful Belgian laces made during World War I at the behest of future President of the United States Herbert Hoover. Hoover’s name is nowadays most commonly associated with the lack of relief for the destitute of the Great Depression — the notorious tent [...]

Anti-Stamp Act Protests in Rhode Island

Public protests against the Stamp Act spread outside of Boston in August 1765 so quickly that I’ve fallen behind the sestercentennial anniversaries of those events.Since the Newport Historical Society is commemorating that port town’s protests with a reenactment today, I’m focusing on the events in Rhode Island. Show More Summary

Small but sweet Viking hoard declared treasure

A hoard of Viking-era silver ingots and coins discovered in Wales has been officially declared treasure at a coroner’s inquest. The hoard was found in March by metal detectorist Walter Hanks in a field in Llandwrog, north-west Wales. Consisting of fewer than 20 coins and coin fragments, three complete ingots and one partial, it’s a [...]

Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer takes new job at Hunter College; encouraged by Hillary Clinton

Harold Holzer, who is best known for his writing, co-authoring or editing some 50 books on President Abraham Lincoln, will begin a new day job on Sept. 1 as director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York. Holzer, who began his career as a newspaper reporter, recently retired from […]

Dreamy Early-20th-Century Photochroms of Scenery in the Swiss Alps

Printed in 1905 by the Michigan-based Detroit Publishing Company, this group of photochroms showcased the scenery of the Swiss Alps for consumers who might or might not have ever visited Switzerland in person. Photochroms are photolithographs, made by transferring a negative onto a printing plate. Show More Summary

Watching the Mob with Deacon Tudor

One of the most telling accounts of the mobbing of Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson’s house on 26 Aug 1765 came from John Tudor (1709-1795), a merchant, marine insurance dealer, and deacon who lived nearby in the North End. After that event,...Show More Summary

Rossetti didn’t paint Botticelli lady’s hair red

A new restoration of Portrait of a Lady known as Smeralda Bandinelli (1470-5) by Sandro Botticelli has redeemed the reputation of a much later artist, Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Lucille Ball hue of Smeralda’s hair was long thought to be an alteration done by Rossetti after he bought the painting in 1867. Experts [...]

The Boxer among 50 Hellenistic Bronzes in Getty Center exhibit

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2015 Terme Boxer photographed at the Palazzo Massimo alleTerme in Rome, Italy by Mary Harrsch © 2009.1st century BCE Roman copy of 3rd century Greek original by Apollonius I was excited to...Show More Summary

An 1863 Recruitment Letter Urging the Formation of Anti-Lincoln Sleeper Cells

This 1863 letter, printed in Philadelphia, is addressed to Northerners who had come to oppose the President, especially after the passage of the conscription act in March of that year. As Northern political opposition to Lincoln andShow More Summary

“The same enraged mob whent to the house of Judge Hutchinson”

On 26 Aug 1765, the Boston Gazette ran this notice on the bottom of its third page amidst the local news: Messieurs Edes & Gill.I Desire the Printers of the Thursday’s Paper [Richard Draper’s “News-Letter”] to tell their Readers whoShow More Summary

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What is an Autocrat? African History.

Roman water law inscription found in Laodicea

A marble slab inscribed with Roman-era water laws has been unearthed in the ancient city of Laodicea in western Turkey. The highly detailed law law was written by the Laodicea Assembly in 114 A.D. and approved by Aulus Vicirius Martialis, proconsul of the Roman Asia province, in the provincial capital at Ephesus. It was carved [...]

“The usual Notice of their intention to plunder & pull down an House”

Eleven days after Andrew Oliver resigned as Massachusetts’s collector of the stamp tax on 15 Aug 1765, the Boston crowd mobilized again. It looks like the Stamp Act was no longer the main grievance on people’s minds on 26 August. Instead, Bostonians were out to chastise other royal officials for holding back the town’s economy. Show More Summary

Heads roll in Slovakia over sale of Bernini bust

The bust of Pope Paul V by Gian Lorenzo Bernini that was acquired by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles earlier this year has left a trail of criminal investigations and fired civil servants in its wake. When the museum announced the rediscovery and acquisition of the long-lost sculpture this June, the only details released [...]

Trump, populism, Hofstadter, Heer.

In The New Republic, Jeet Heer says that Donald Trump is not a populist, he’s “the voice of aggrieved privilege—of those who already are doing well but feel threatened by social change from below, whether in the form of Hispanic immigrants or uppity women.” Or the voice of the white American man enraged at the […]

Mixed response to campaign to remove Confederate battle flag

Within days of the killings  of nine African Americans in a Charleston church, allegedly by a white man who liked to pose for photographs with the Confederate battle flag, there was a national uproar about the prominent display of that flag at numerous locations across the South. A campaign was quickly mounted to remove not […]

AUGUSTUS: The Biography

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Jochen Bleicken (tr. Anthea Bell) Allen Lane (2015) h/b 771pp £30.00 (ISBN 9780713994773) In this work de longue haleine, first published in Germany in 1998, and now admirably (one confidently hazards) translated by Anthea Bell, B. gives a very detailed account of how the 18 year-old Gaius…

GREEK AND ROMAN CLASSICS IN THE BRITISH STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL REFORM

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Ed. by Henry Stead & Edith Hall Bloomsbury (2015) h/b 368pp £80 (ISBN 9781472584267) This is the first substantial published product of the pioneering Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Classics and Class in Britain 1789-1939’ project, to which Dr Stead, the author of A Cockney Catullus (OUP, 2015),…

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