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The ANE and psychotropic drugs

ASOR BLOG: Psychedelics and the Ancient Near East (Diana L. Stein).As courts today debate whether to legalize or regulate the use of drugs like cannabis, it is interesting to look at the history of man’s relationship with mind-altering substances.Several books, exhibits and catalogues have recently explored the topic. Show More Summary

A Brief History of Pi

That the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is constant has been known to humanity since ancient times; yet, even today, despite 2000 years of thought, theories, calculations and proofs, ?'s precise value remains elusive. Read more...

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem ix kalendas Augustas

 ante diem ix kalendas Augustas ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 5)  64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome continues (day 7)  69 A.D. — sacking of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (?)  133 A.D. — the last holdout of the Bar Kochba Revolt — Betar – fell to the Romans (?)  1895 — Birth of […]

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem x kalendas Augustas

 ante diem x kalendas Augustas Neptunalia — an obscure festival (obscure in the sense that we really don’t know what went on) in honour of Neptune ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 4) 64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome (day 6) 79 A.D. — martyrdom of Apollinaris 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Phocas the Gardener

US: Just TRUST Us, We Wouldn't Lie … and Those Iraq War Lies Are ANCIENT HISTORY

Graphic by Michael Rivero In the following 5-minute clip from a question and answer session between State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf and the American press, the U.S. State Department says (stripped of weasel wordss): We’re the good guys who tell the truth, and Russians are liars. Show More Summary

TrekInk: Review of Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever #2 + Preview

All past history has been changed and the machines of the ancients are traumatized! This week IDW Publishing releases the second installment of their adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for The City on the Edge of Forever. Chronometric spoilers, a preview, and more after the break. Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s The City on the […]

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xi kalendas Augustas

ante diem xi kalendas Augustas 367 B.C. (?)– dedication of a Temple of Concord (and associated rites  thereafter) 64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome (day 5)  

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

A newly discovered ancient skeleton showed signs of Down syndrome, yet it was given the same burial as other members of its community. What it tells us about the history of disability.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xii kalendas sextilias

ante diem xii kalendas sextilias Lucaria (day 2) — second day of a festival held in a grove somewhere between the Via Salaria and the Tiber (few details are known about this one) ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 2)– games vowed in conjunction with a temple to Venus Genetrix by Julius Caesar at Pharsalus 64 A.D. — […]

EVE Evolved: Stepping through the EVE Gate

Though EVE Online is often lauded for its rich decade-long player history full of wars and complex political dealings, the NPC storyline and New Eden's ancient backstory have always held my fascination. I started playing in early 2004...Show More Summary

Hiking and History in Italy’s Dolomites

When World War I broke out, the Dolomites became a treacherous front line for Austrian and Italian soldiers. Here among the jagged peaks and sheer pastel walls of this ancient range of the Alps, where many cultures had coexisted forShow More Summary

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvi kalendas sextilias

ante diem xvi kalendas sextilias Mercatus rites in honour of Victory on the Capitoline ?? B.C. — dedication of a Temple to Honor and Virtue (and associated rites thereafter) 180 — some sort of persecution under Saturninus (details?)

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Already Ancient History

Caligo, author of Spanish blog La ilógica (The ilogical) and Colombian fan, shares his final thoughts about 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The mentions the highest points of the tournament: the German champions, the flaws on the Argentinian team, the outstanding Colombian James Rodríguez, Brazil humiliation by the German crew,...

American Film Industry 101

CineFix debuts its Film School’d series with a brief history of American filmmaking. From the ancient Romans to Netflix and YouTube, this fascinating tale is propelled by technology, accidents, greed and creativity.

Review of Satlow, How the Bible Became Holy

MARGINALIA: Timothy Michael Law on How the Bible Became Holy. The Timely History of a Timeless Story. The review concludes:Satlow’s reconstruction often outruns the evidence and gives in to the temptation to narrate ancient religious history through the lens of political conflicts among the elites. Show More Summary

Stone and Acoustics: Hauntings and Ancient Construction

(above - my childhood home in the mid 1860s after the war and the basement today) In 2009, I embarked on a study of 50 haunted sites around America and their features and histories to discover if there is a formula for haunted places,...Show More Summary

The 410-Million-Year-Old Spider Climbed Up the Water Spout

Scientists have recreated the movements of an ancient arachnid, and luckily for us, they have done so with computer software. A team of paleontologists digitally rebuilt fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to model a trigonotarbid, a precursor to modern spiders. Show More Summary

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