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500-year-old teratoma found in Peru skeleton

Oh, and it’s a good one, too. (By good I mean super gross.) Teratomas, for those of you not as repulsed/fascinated by them as I am, are benign tumors in which germ cells gone awry grow random body parts like teeth, hair, bone and soft tissue like muscle, thyroid and skin. They usually set up [...]

Gettysburg’s Lutheran Seminary Takes Courageous Stand on Confederate Flag

During my recent trip to Gettysburg I made time to visit the Seminary Ridge Museum, which is located on the campus of the Lutheran Theological…

The Massachusetts Stamp Act of 1755

As I trace the developments of Parliament’s Stamp Act of 1765 in this year of its sestercentennial, I have to acknowledge that ten years before then, the Massachusetts General Court enacted its own stamp act, or tax on paper.On 1 May 1755, during the second administration of Gov. Show More Summary

About That Confederate Ancestor of Yours

A constant refrain heard over the past week is that the Confederate battle flag is a revered symbol for the descendants of the men who…


This morning Bree Newsome scaled the gate around the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina and removed it. [Uploaded to YouTube on June 27, 2015]


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By A.W. Price OUP (2015) p/b 356pp £22.50 ISBN 9780198709350 This is a book which focuses almost entirely on Plato and Aristotle, and covers a wide range of material from the two philosophers, seeking to point the similarities and the differences, as well as including appraisals of a…

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Uganda

Image of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, © IRIN. Page 6.

Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba, Namibia

Image of President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba of Namibia, © IRIN. Page 15.

The Fate of the Rev. John Martin?

I promised more of the story of the Rev. John Martin, whom we left during the siege of Boston, preaching to the riflemen about how he’d taken command at Bunker Hill and perhaps marrying deserter George Marten to young bride Wilmot Lee in Medford without recording their marriage. Show More Summary


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:translated by David R. Slavitt. Wisconsin (2014) p/b 184pp £10.50 (ISBN 978029854 8) In his introduction to The Penguin Book of Modern Verse Translation, George Steiner refers to Borges’ story of a man toiling his life away translating Don Quixote into the original Spanish. We all know that…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By M.R. Wright Acumen Press (2009) p/b 244pp £19.99 (ISBN 9781844651832) (Online publication [2013] ISBN: 9781844654390) This volume offers a ‘concise and accessible introduction to ancient...Show More Summary


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Edited by P.J. Parsons, H. Maehler, F. Maltomini De Gruyter (2015) h/b 153pp (incl. 7 plates) £109.95 (ISBN 9783110354522) For those with a special interest in the tradition of Greek epigram or in the continuing and important developments in papyrology, this is a major new contribution to our…

5,500-year-old fingerprint found on ceramic vessel

It’s time to add another bullet point of to the list of exceptional artifacts discovered by the archaeological excavation in advance of the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Link tunnel on the island of Lolland, Denmark. There was the flint dagger with intact bark handle in October 2014, the 5,000-year-old gillnets and human footprints a [...]

The ‘Cornerstone’ of the Confederate Flag

Earlier today President Barack Obama eulogized Reverend and South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney. There were numerous references to American history, but on this blog,…

New logo, enlarged mission for Virginia battlefield preservation organization

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, headquartered in New Market, Va., has unveiled a new logo and announced an enlarged mission to go with it. This is its third logo. The first two had abstract depictions of Civil War soldiers but this one has the image of an actual teenage soldier who died in battle in the valley.Read full article >>

Artifacts found on 700-year-old Swiss battle site

November 15th marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Morgarten, a historic clash between the militia army of the nascent Swiss Confederation and a highly trained troops of Habsburg Duke Leopold I of Austria. Fought on the banks of Lake Ägeri near the Morgarten Pass in the central Switzerland Canton of Schwyz, it was [...]

Hogeland on Hamilton on the Ten-Dollar Note

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew recently announced a plan to add a notable American woman to the next redesign of the ten-dollar bill. It’s been more than a century since Martha Washington appeared on a U.S. silver certificate.TheShow More Summary

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