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Missed Debate Question: Where Do You Stand on the Killing of Rickey Ray Rector?

The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992? This is not ancient history. Rather, it is a vital case study in political morality. Show More Summary

What It Really Takes to Make Artisan Chocolate

The source of all chocolate, a tree native to Central America called Theobroma cacao, has been known to humankind for three millennia. Until the mid-1990s, chocolate's ancient history was largely obscured by less-than-rigorous scholarship handed down from the days of Spanish conquest and plunder. Show More Summary

Super Bowl Open Thread

Does anybody remember what happened the last time Denver was in the Super Bowl? Back in the ancient mists of history, when Peyton Manning could throw the ball more than 20 yards without winding up like Juan Marichal? It’s slowly coming back to me… All kidding aside, I don’t have a lot to add to […]

Ancient First Nations’ clay may kill drug-resistant bacteria

History steps in again to help fight the terrifying scourge of a post-antibiotic world in which even the smallest infection can cause death and entire fields of medical technology — organ transplants, device transplants, cosmetic surgery — are left undefended against the onslaught of pathogens. Last year there was the very promising study of a [...]

How the ancient Greeks contributed to Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against racism

last weekNews : The Raw Story

In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the...

Newly discovered Babylonian tablets just rewrote the history of astronomy

New findings suggest the astronomers of ancient Babylon developed geometry-based astronomy 1400 years earlier than previously thought. This discovery rewrites the timeline of what we thought ancient peoples knew about how to measure distance in the heavens.

Each Of These Ghostly Statues Recreates An Artifact Destroyed By ISIS

Like resin time capsules, these statues contain flash drives loaded with information about their history. In the last year alone, members of ISIS have destroyed hundreds of ancient artifacts in museums and heritage sites across Iraq and Syria. Show More Summary

'Astonishing' Clay Tablet May Rewrite Math History

A newly deciphered clay tablet from ancient Babylon has science writers buzzing because it just might "rewrite the history of mathematics," as Live Science puts it. The tablet shows that Babylonians were using sophisticated geometric principles to track the path of Jupiter in the sky, says researcher Mathieu Ossendrijver of...

Do Silicon Valley and Ancient Greece Share a Secret Recipe for Innovation?

Creativity and ingenuity aren't spread evenly. Throughout history, certain locations have become hubs for artistic, business, and technological innovation, for reasons that aren't always readily apparent. Why Silicon Valley right now?...Show More Summary

This Babylonian Astronomy Text Changes History

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple arithmetic. But a newly translated text reveals that these ancient stargazers also used a far more advanced method, one that foreshadows the development of calculus over a thousand years later. Read more...

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Obama administration needs to abandon its Petraeus obsession: In politically d…

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Obama administration needs to abandon its Petraeus obsession: In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed away, or “Trotskyized,” all the images of any past kingpin who became politically incorrect. […]

Obama administration needs to abandon its Petraeus obsession

In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed

Themepark in an ancient, cavernous Transylvanian salt-mine

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Transylvania's Salina Turda themepark is housed in an ancient salt mine with millennia of history. Visitors use its vertical shafts to access vast underground salt caverns and lakes dotted with a concert hall, mini-golf courses, bowling alleys, and rowboats. (more…)

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vi kalendas februarias

ante diem vi kalendas februarias 6 A.D. — dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux by the future emperor Tiberius 98 A.D. — death of Nerva (?); dies imperii of Trajan ca. 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Devota 1887 — birth of Carl Blegen, future excavator of Pylos (etc.)

Repititiationes ~ 01/26/16

The Wars of the Diadochi: The Macedonian Army Divides on @wordpressdotcom https://t.co/KG1erEwOOR pic.twitter.com/kEOwRlbsMO — DCCommentaries (@DCComm) January 26, 2016 #Sappho #Quote #History pic.twitter.com/4fjyd1B5s0 — Ancient History...Show More Summary

The Mysteries of the Black Sea

There are ancient places in this world which hold vast secrets and mysteries that have existed since time unremembered. Here in the corners of the globe pervaded with both history and legend, sitting on the edges of the ancient world, we can find areas that both enthrall...

SPQA

Mary Beard's history of ancient Rome, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Senatus PopulusQue Romanus), offers disturbing lessons for 21st century America. Efforts to draw direct parallels can be too forced. But as countless commentators...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xi kalendas januarias

ante diem xi kalendas januarias ludi palatini (day 2/5) – the theatrefest continues 1904 — birth of R.P. Winnington-Ingram (Classicist)

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