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A gallery of maps showing where on the continent countries are.

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem ix kalendas decembres

ante diem ix kalendas decembres 534 B.C. — Thespis wins ‘best actor’ at the first City Dionysia (? I’m inferring from strange claims in Wikipedia here … it’s a slow TDIAH day) ca. 101 — martyrdom (?) of Clement I 1852 — birth of Charles Graux (French Classicist … see Melanges Graux for a biography) […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/22/15

A Don’s Life: A Museum of Socialist Art — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015 Laudator Temporis Acti: Beatus Vir — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015Show More Summary

Historical archive found in Russian birds nests

Archaeologists have discovered an archive of 19th and early 20th century Russian history assembled by birds nesting in the attic of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, a small medieval town 40 miles west of Moscow. Restorers have been working on the church, built in the early 15th century, since 2009, repairing the facade, [...]

Another Look at Civil War Military History

In his review of Earl Hess’s most recent book, Wayne Hsieh offers a few words about the ongoing debate surrounding military history that appeared in…

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem x kalendas decembres

c. 70 A.D. — martyrdom of Philemon and Apphia c. 117 A.D. — martyrdom of Cecilia 1817  — according to Wikipedia, Frédéric Cailliaud discovered the Roman emerald mines at Sikait on this date (but I can’t track down their sources) 1891 — birth of Victor Ehrenberg (Solon to Socrates, among others) 1909 — birth of Allan […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part two)

Bulgarian Police Seize Almost 1,000 Archaeological Artifacts from Treasure Hunters — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 21, 2015 @LacusCurtius @papyrologyatman I 've no problem with private collections,...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part one)

Inscripciones romanas en 3D, a un clic. ¿Conoces nuestro proyecto de #epigrafía virtual? — MAN Arqueológico Nac (@MANArqueologico) November 20, 2015 @stephenjohnkay @ef_rome Delighted with my exhibition catalogues from this morning's purchases. Show More Summary

How the New Yorkers Came to a Deal

On 5 Nov 1765, Lt. Gov. Cadwallader Colden of New York sent a report to London about how an angry crowd was besieging him inside Fort George with the province’s stamped paper.In his letter to the Marquess of Granby, Colden wrote, “I expect the Fort will be stormed this night—everything is done in my power to give them a warm reception.”Capt. Show More Summary

Movie posters found under old linoleum sell for more than $200,000

From the annals of every history nerd’s fantasies, a home renovation revealed a treasure trove of vintage movie posters under a linoleum floor (and the original hardwood to boot). Builder Robert Basta purchased the southern Pennsylvania home cheap at auction because it needed a lot of work. He planned to renovate it for resale, something [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xi kalendas decembres

ante diem xi kalendas decembres 164 B.C. — Judas Maccabeus restores the Temple in Jerusalem, including removal of the Hellenistic statuary (maybe) 53 B.C. – Death of Marcus Licinius Crassus in Mesopotamia shortly after his defeat at Carrhae (maybe) 1912 — birth of Pierre Grimal (Classicist) 1914 — birth of Michael Grant (yes, the incredibly prolific one) […]

Speaking of the Rijksmuseum…

Some of you might remember the greatest of all flashmobs that was created to celebrate the reopening of the museum and the return of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to its original location. It’s been more than two years since I posted it, and I still regularly rewatch the video. It’s just so, so good. A [...]

Repititiationes ~ 11/20/15

A short one … day was too busy to monitor things: My plan for winter break: put the finishing touches on my newest guide and release it in the new year! ???? #arthistory — Amy Martin (@la_caravaggista) November...Show More Summary

Shari'a Law

Find out more about Shari'a Law as used in Africa

Lt. Gov. Colden’s Unsafe Situation

As November 1765 began, New York acting governor Cadwallader Colden was holed up in Manhattan’s Fort George (on the far left of the map above) with a contingent of the king’s military forces and the stamped paper for three colonies.Show More Summary

Vermeer’s Little Street discovered

The exact street in Delft that Johannes Vermeer depicted in his 1658 painting View of Houses in Delft, better known as The Little Street, has been identified. It’s the Vlamingstraat, at the current house numbers 40 and 42, and even though the original buildings are gone, it’s eerie how similar the modern scene is to [...]

Civil War Monitor’s Best Books of 2015

This year I was once again asked to select some of my favorite Civil War titles from 2015 for The Civil War Monitor magazine. It’s…

The CIA’s WWII Guide to Creating Organizational Dysfunction Perfectly Describes Your Toxic Workplace

The Office of Strategic Services (the CIA's World War II–era precursor) created this document in 1944, for use by operatives in Europe who were trying to recruit civilians living in occupied countries to commit sabotage. The document...Show More Summary

How the Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst Crimes

The prosecution of high-ranking Nazi officials at Nuremberg, Germany, is arguably the most famous trial in history, recognizable by the name of the city alone. From its start 70 years ago today, media coverage of the trial was unprecedented. Show More Summary

Capt. Kennedy and the Stamped Paper

On the night of 1 Nov 1765, after the Stamp Act was supposed to take effect, a New York mob signaled its disapproval of that development by burning the coach and other vehicles of Lt. Gov. Cadwallader Colden. Then some of that crowd destroyed the estate being rented by Maj. Show More Summary

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