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Roman amphitheater found in Volterra

Last July, workers on a waterway restoration project near the Diana Gate on the north side of the ancient Etruscan city of Volterra stumbled on the remains of two walls 20 meters (66 feet) long. Archaeologists from the regional Superintendency were observing the works and took over when the ancient walls were found. Extrapolating from [...]

Maps Tracking Levels of Poverty in Victorian London, Block by Block

British businessman, philanthropist, and social reformer Charles Booth spent years gathering the data to produce these color-coded maps of London poverty, which he published as part of a huge project titled The Labor and Life of the People of London. Show More Summary

Hawley, Adams, Gridley, and Otis, Attorneys at Law

Going back to the newly digitized Joseph Hawley Papers at the New York Public Library, one noteworthy item is Hawley’s commonplace book. A commonplace book was a notebook in which a (usually) gentleman copied out passages from books or documents that he found interesting, thoughts he wanted to explore, and other material. Show More Summary

Review: Vespasian: Rome's Executioner by Robert Fabbri

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2015 I didn't realize it but I guess I started this series about one of Rome's "good" emperors with book 2 of the series. However, the story, woven around the downfall of the infamous Praetorian Prefect Sejanus, stood on its own quite nicely. Show More Summary

Giving Andrew Ellicott his due

On November 12th, 1799, the first known record of a meteor shower in North America was written in the journal of a witness observing the Leonids from the deck of a ship in the Florida Keys. The occasion is marked in many an iteration of “This Day in History” entries, but in almost all of [...]

Meeting the Quincy Women, 12 Nov.

In January 1759, John Adams paid a call to Col. Josiah Quincy’s house in Braintree (shown here).There the young lawyer found his host’s daughter Hannah (1736–1826) and her first cousin Esther Quincy (1738–1810). Referring to Hannah Quincy as “O.” in his diary, Adams compared the two young ladies:O. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem iii idus novembres ludi Plebeii (day 8) — the Jupiterfest continues 109 A.D. — the emperor Trajan stages a naumachia 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Athenodorus

ante diem iii idus novembres ludi Plebeii (day 8) — the Jupiterfest continues 109 A.D. — the emperor Trajan stages a naumachia 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Athenodorus

Repititiationes ~ 11/10/15

I rsally snjthy this Grssk ythgurt. #whyweneedmoreClassicsmajors — Spencer Pope (@ArchClass) November 10, 2015 2015.11.13: Dunstan Lowe, Monsters and Monstrosity in Augustan Poetry. Ann Arbor: University… More Summary

The First Book of Fashion

University of Cambridge historian Dr. Ulinka Rublack, author of the excellent Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe, and Maria Hayward have published a unique 16th century manuscript documenting one German accountant’s daring and elegant forays into personal style. Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/09/15

A bit of catching up … A Map of Rome. Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 141. Limbourg brothers, between 1411 and 1416. — Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo) November 9, 2015 2015.11.11: Étienne Helmer, LeShow More Summary

150 years ago today, Andersonville prison commander Capt. Henry Wirz was executed

A few minutes past 10 a.m., Nov. 10, 1865, former Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp commander Capt. Henry Wirz walked briskly from the Old Capitol prison in Washington D.C., where he had been held since his arrest in May after a military tribunal had found him guilty of violating the rights of prisoners according to the rules […]

Poking through the Joseph Hawley Papers

Harvard University isn’t the only institution digitizing Revolutionary-era documents, of course.The New York Public Library ended up with a bunch of significant papers from Massachusetts, including Samuel Adams’s papers and the correspondence of the Boston Committee of Correspondence. Show More Summary

14th c. birch bark letter found in Moscow

Russian archaeologists have unearthed a letter written on birch bark in Moscow’s historic Zaryadye district close to Red Square. The archaeological team from the Russian Academy of Sciences found the letter 13 feet below street level in a layer with more than 100 small and large artifacts dating to the 14th century. The first birch [...]

George Will’s Serious Historical Credentials

The estimable Heather Cox Richardson sympathizes with George Will in his despair over Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Reagan. Will decries “today’s cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence.” Just so. But one recalls this example of “the Magisterial Mr. Will” (oh yes, dear readers, for that is how he was billed […]

An Eloquent Baptist Protest Against Internment Camps During WWII 

This pamphlet, published by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in 1944 or 1945, pleads for "fair play" for Japanese-Americans. The interior of the pictorial booklet argues the point on two fronts, excerpting arguments from national...Show More Summary

The Nova Scotian Loyalist Settlers of Sierra...

The Nova Scotian settlers who founded Sierra Leone in 1787 became the first wave of African-American settlers in Africa.

Digging through Harvard’s Digital Papers

I rather like my segue yesterday from the Stamp Act confrontation unfolding 250 years ago to Harvard’s new Colonial North American Project. As the university announced, its archivists are digitizing all the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century documents in several different collections. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem v idus novembres

ante diem v idus novembres ludi Plebeii (day 6) — the Jupiterfest continues 2348 B.C. — the Great Flood began (according to Polyhistor) 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Orestes in Cappadocia

Repititiationes ~ 11/08/15

arrrrrgh … firefox update just broke the addon which is the only reason I keep firefox around … — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 8, 2015 @pageman i'm sure it will get fixed … this is final straw territory, though … i can't be bothered any more — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 8, 2015 Explorator 18.29 ~ November […]

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