Wow … it’s hard to believe that the Ancient Lives Project has been around for almost two years now (see our initial coverage: Help Transcribe the Oxyrhynchus Papyri) … according to this interesting video from the Guardian, as of last October they’ve had well over a million transcriptions done in this crowd-sourcing project … check […]
Over at the OUP Blog, Eric Cline has keyboarded an interesting post … here’s a bit in medias res: [...]According to the Greek literary evidence, there were at least two Trojan Wars (Heracles’ and Agamemnon’s), not simply one; in fact, there were three wars, if one counts Agamemnon’s earlier abortive attack on Teuthrania. Similarly, according […]
From the Herald: A HISTORIAN is claiming to have found the site of one of Scotland’s most significant battles. Archaeologist Mike Haseler believes he has evidence to suggest that the battle of Mons Graupius took place in Moray. Mons Graupius was a key battle for British independence against the repressive hand of Rome almost 2000 […]
ante diem xv kalendas junias c. 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Venantius 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Theodotus 1692 — death of Elias Ashmole (founder of the museum that bears his name)
When, where and by whom Kenyanthropus platyops was discovered, how old this hominid is, and what is special about it.
When, where and by whom Australopithecus anamensis was discovered, how old and what kind of habitat it lived in, and what is special about this hominid
This month we extend our First World War content ahead of next year's centenary commemorations with a look at some key battles. As well as a summary page listing these key events, we look at Amiens in 1918, Cambrai... Read Full Post
Irish soldiers who left their army to join the fight against Hitler and Nazism and suffered a lifetime of ostracism are being pardoned, as the Irish parliament has passed an amnesty on the thousands of troops. Defence Minister Alan Shatter...Show More Summary
Former British Royal Navy ship HMS Caroline is the only surviving vessel from the Battle of Jutland, a clash of the British and German fleets in 1916. Before World War One a great, conflict changing naval battle was expected, but the closest they came was the ultimately fruitless Battle of Jutland. Show More Summary
One of my favorite posts last year was about a model of a guillotine made out of animals bones by a Napoleonic prisoner of war in England. Britain had a surfeit of prisoners from France and other countries who fought on Napoleon’s side during the late 18th, early 19th century. An estimated 100,000 Napoleonic prisoners [...]
Believe it or not, people have been losing pairs of scissors in their homes for thousands of years! Sadly, for most generations, the concept of a dollar store didn’t exist, which meant that losing your only pair of scissors made life just that much more inconvenient. But really, who made the first pair of scissors? [...]
Humboldt penguins, emperor tamarins and Bactrian camels may not be indigenous to north Wales, but if you know where to look you can find hem all, and more, in a small pocket of a Welsh coastal town.
So how many British soldiers died at the North Bridge in Concord? How many were buried nearby? Those questions have answers, but not definite ones. As I quoted earlier in the week, one of the British officers there, Lt. William Sutherland, described leaving two men “dead on the Spot.” But Capt. Show More Summary
Posted with permission: Platonic Drama and its Ancient Reception. By Nikos G. Charalabopoulos. Cambridge Classical Studies. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. xxi + 331. Hardcover, £60.00/$99.00. ISBN 978-0-521-87174-7. Show More Summary
Posted with permission: A Companion to Hellenistic Literature. Edited by James J. Clauss and Martine Cuypers. Oxford and Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Hardcover, £136.00/$218.95. Pp. xxv + 550. ISBN 978-1-405-13679-2. Reviewed by J. Show More Summary
In today’s email: Mechtildis, Thomas, Petrus, Robertus Amicis Latinitatis Plurimam Dicunt Salutem Vos invitamus Amoeneburgum ad Iubilaeum celebrandum! Agimus enim vicesimum quintum annum Septimanarum Latinarum Europaearum. Celebratio habebitur Amoeneburgi prope Marburgum die XVII mensis Augusti a. Show More Summary
exscind (Wordsmith) ostracism (OED) Linguatweets: verb 3 : verto, vertere, verti, versus => turn bit.ly/YF6RyC #Latin #Vocab #LatinVocab— (@LatinVocab) May 17, 2013 incidere: to fall in, to fall: verb. Example sentence:Qui omnes insidias...Show More Summary
ante diem xvi kalendas junias 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Heradius 1510 — death of Botticelli (Birth of Venus, among other Classical subjects) 1875 — a horse named Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby (he ‘just’ won)
The Death of the Emperor Galerius via Bread and Circuses.
The Romans vs Jean Nouvel via ??????????? Online.