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RepiTitiationes ~ 04.12.15

Explorator 17.51 | Explorator https://t.co/mvyur1h3pJ — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) April 12, 2015 yahoo is really starting to bug me … — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) April 12, 2015 @EquineAnn one doesn't stop until oneShow More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 04.11.15

Newly digitized 19th-century sketchbooks depict sites across the Mediterranean http://t.co/zdNqhXhtsk pic.twitter.com/nRuRBcBkXq — The Getty (@thegetty) April 11, 2015 Here, the mythological hero Perseus triumphantly presents Medusa's head. Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 04.10.15

al-T?si's #Euclid 's Elements (Rome, 1594) #geometry Arabic text and #marginalia #histsci pic.twitter.com/bbLcVdLe42 — OUHOS Collections (@OUHOSCollection) April 9, 2015 Some #Amazons kill Greeks! Not all #warriorwomen were imaginary...Show More Summary

Liquid mercury found under Teotihuacan temple

The excavations under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan have unearthed another exceptional find: large quantities of liquid mercury. Archaeologist Sergio Gómez and his team have been excavating the tunnel underneath the pre-Aztec pyramid, discovered by accident in 2003 when a sinkhole opened up in front of the temple, since 2009, using a [...]

After John Jupp Came Home to Shirley

Yesterday I introduced the couple of John and Mary Jupp—he a deserter from the British army who had made his way to Shirley, she a woman in her late thirties who apparently had some property but no husband.They married in late 1774 and had a daughter the following year. Show More Summary

The Books Virginia Colonists Were Buying in the Decade Before the Revolution

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This list of books sold in the post office of Williamsburg, Virginia,...Show More Summary

Winners and Losers of the Sesquicentennial

I am in the process of going through old posts in preparation for an essay on the Civil War sesquicentennial. I’ve identified a number of…

John Jupp “found his way to Shirley”

Among the men from Shirley who marched during the Lexington Alarm of 19 Apr 1775 was John Jupp, a private in Capt. Henry Haskell’s company, Col. William Prescott’s regiment. Jupp had more recent military experience than most of his companions. Show More Summary

Possible remains of Napoleonic king of Naples to be DNA tested

In his short life Joachim Murat rose from modest beginnings as an innkeeper’s son in the small southwestern French town of Labastide-Fortunière to the King of Naples at 41 years of age. In between he became one of Napoleon’s best generals and, after his marriage to Caroline Bonaparte, Prince and Grand Admiral of France and [...]

Mansplaining about Dr. Joseph Warren

The first book devoted to Dr. Joseph Warren was Stories about General Warren: in Relation to the Fifth of March Massacre, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, a biography for young readers published in 1835. The anonymous author was the doctor’s...Show More Summary

More Trouble For Henry Louis Gates

This story just continues to get jucier with each passing day. The website Gawker now has the original script for Ben Affleck’s episode of “Finding…

Roman owl fibula found on Danish island

Last summer, archaeologists excavating an Iron Age settlement on the Baltic island of Bornholm, Denmark, unearthed a rare enameled brooch in the shape of an owl. The excavation of the Lavegaard settlement on the outskirts of the town of Nexø was carried out in advance of construction of a daycare center. The archaeological team from [...]

A 1905 Rendition of the 23rd Psalm, Gorgeously Illustrated in Proto-Deco Style

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Early 20th-century artist J.C. Leyendecker created this beautiful...Show More Summary

Sabre is oldest crucible steel weapon in Eastern Europe

Researches doing a routine examination of a sabre in the collection of the Yaroslavl Museum in the Russian city of Yaroslavl 160 miles northeast of Moscow have discovered that the blade is the oldest crucible steel weapon ever found in Eastern Europe. The bent and broken sabre was unearthed in 2007 in the shadow of [...]

The Legend of Betsey Hagar

In his History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania (1891), Henry C. Bradsby set down this unusual anecdote of the aftermath of the Revolutionary War’s first day:Betsey Hagar…was born in Boston in 1750, and at nine years of age was left alone in the world to shift for herself. Show More Summary

Ben Affleck, Henry Louis Gates and Oprah Winfrey’s Couch

Late yesterday Ben Affleck released a statement apologizing for requesting that ties to a slave-owning ancestor be edited out of an episode of PBS’s “Finding…

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