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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Pass the Garum: Eating like the Ancients -
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Pass the Garum: Eating like the Ancients
"In history we tend to look at the big things - the battles, the baddies, the plot and the intrigue - but sometimes it's the average and the everyday which impress most, giving us the tiniest of glimpses into the lives of the long dead." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Why 'Pass the Garum'? Garum was a fermented fish sauce which the Romans loved to put in EVERYTHING. So, much as we might say 'pass the salt', a Roman might ask their toga-clad chum to 'pass the garum'. Why food history? I love food, and enjoy cooking. I also love history - I did my degree in Ancient History, and now teach everything else. So, why not combine the two and make something... more... - Maitani
Jayarava's Raves: The Very Idea of Buddhist History -
Jayarava's Raves: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
"Readers may know that there is a split in Buddhist studies. On one side are religious traditionalists and mainly British scholars (particularly Richard Gombrich and Wynne at Oxford) who see the early Buddhist texts as a more or less accurate account of Buddhist history. On the other side are religious sceptics (yours truly) and mainly American scholars (particularly Greg Schopen and Don Lopez) who don't think there is anything authentically historical in the suttas." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"We know this: there is a body of literature we associate with early Buddhism and the early phase of sectarian Buddhism. This literature is preserved, in a language we now call Pali, in major collections of manuscripts in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, with minor collections in Laos, Vietnam and perhaps other places. Substantial parts of several other recensions are preserved in... more... - Maitani
"An attractive feature of the Bonnefont Herb Garden in winter and early spring is the distinctive wattle used in the raised beds. Medieval gardens, orchards, and property boundaries were enclosed in a variety of ways, including by hedges and wattle fences. In the Bonnefont Herb Garden, our wattle, or hurdles (pictured above), of various heights edge the beds and support the plants. The hurdles and supports are made from willow from the Somerset Levels (wetlands) in England; willow has been grown and woven in Somerset since the late Iron Age. Willow work is still commercially produced in the region and the same family has made our wattle elements for many years." - Maitani
"Medieval woodlands were carefully managed, producing so-called small wood by pollarding (pruning a tree from the top to promote growth well above ground level) and coppicing (cutting a tree back almost to the ground to foster new growth from the stump). Pollarding and coppicing were carried out on a regular rotation, and the resulting new growth provided a steady supply of wood for... more... - Maitani
From cattle herders to tax farmers - The Unz Review -
From cattle herders to tax farmers - The Unz Review
"Reading Strange Parallels, Southeast Asian in a Global Context, I have begun to think about the differences between the eruption of Inner Asian nomads in the early modern period, and in prehistory. The author points out that the arrival of Mughals, and even to a greater extent the Manchu, to the ancient and dense civilizations of South and East Asia did not change the cultural substrate in the main." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Yes, Turco-Persian Islamic (“Islamicate”) culture became both prestigious and relatively popular in South Asia. But it was, and still is, a minority tradition set against the indigenous religious system, bracketed under the term Hindu today. In Ching China the Manchu had an even less obvious effect. Arguably they assimilated to the Neo-Confucian mores of the Han elite far more than the Mughals did in India in relation to indigenous South Asian gentry." - Maitani
European languages linked to migration from the east
There Were Giants in the Earth in Those Days post by Razib Khan - Maitani
Maybe it's time to revive the hypothesis that Odin was originally a king coming from the east, bringing culture? :) - Eivind
Massive migration from the steppe is a source for Indo-European languages in Europe article by Haak et. al. - Maitani
Comment by Asya Pereltsvaig - Maitani
Late (not necessarily steppe) split of Proto-Indo-European - Maitani
"British History Online (BHO) is pleased to launch version 5.0 of its website. Work on the website redevelopment began in January 2014 and involved a total rebuild of the BHO database and a complete redesign of the site. We hope our readers will find the new site easier to use than ever before." - Maitani
Goats in Trees
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In Southern Morocco, goats climbing the Argan trees in search of food is a common sight. - - Eivind
Nice one :) - Mary
It still looks completely wrong to me, but I have been there and seen it with my own eyes so I know it's true :) - Eivind
I wish I was there too :) and thanks for sharing it. - Mary
It's a wonderful world! - Franc, a rememberer
What balance, here we only have goats on roofs - Janice
Hehe, the goat info on that page seems _slightly_ exaggerated :D - Eivind
It's raining goats: - Eivind
I would occasionally see goats in Acacia trees in Mexico. Always a spectacle. :-) - Jenny
oh.... the tree goat - گل
*bump* I love climbing goats :) - Eivind
this is one of the most bizarre things i've ever seen - نیکی
Silly goats. - SAM
They're not silly. They just go after the food, and they don't have the patience to stand around waiting to evolve long necks :) - Eivind
*bump for SAM* I couldn't help overhearing you were getting some goats. Please get some Argan trees as well :) - Eivind
:-) - Maitani
It's my considered opinion that they're nestin. - Ken Morley
LOL - Eivind
I want a goat tree! Where do I get one? ;) - Kristin
I saw lots of them in Morocco. It's a very strange sight :) - Eivind
Have you seen lions that climb trees? - سيما كيا Sima kia
No, nay, never! They've started doing that now? - Eivind
They are called climbing tree lions; I saw them in Amboseli, Kenya. I was in Serengeti too, but never saw a lion climbing tree there, the 2nd video shows some lion cubs trying to climb a tree in Serengeti. - سيما كيا Sima kia
Thanks, Sima. Now I've seen lions climb trees :) - Eivind
Onları Essaouira, Fas yakın gördüm. - Eivind
Are there any other grazers that behave like this? Or just goats? But then again, goats are incredibly agile, since there are some that live on cliff edges, which is amazing when you think about it, so not surprising they can climb trees. - Halil
I haven't come across any. I hope so, though :) - Eivind
I wouldn't look for shade under any of them trees :)) - mina_sydney
Mina! :) - Eivind
I love that calendar, Halil. It's been around for a few years :) - Eivind
Does that mean you own a copy then? I might get next years one, as too late now as it'll be March soon! :o - Halil
Never bought it, but it was the 2010 version that inspired this post :) - Eivind
40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally | TED Blog -
40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally | TED Blog
"It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our Open Translation Project volunteers translate TED Talks into 105 languages, they’re often challenged to translate English idioms into their language. Which made us wonder: what are their favorite idioms in their own tongue?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Below, we asked translators to share their favorite idioms and how they would translate literally. The results are laugh-out-loud funny." - Maitani
Does "Die Katze im Sack kaufen" also imply that you've been tricked and didn't get what you thought you bought (which is the Norwegian meaning), or is it just any "blind" purchase? - Eivind
In italian we say "saltare di palo in frasca", similar to the french "Sauter du coq à l’âne" (from pole to leaf), we also have "costare un occhio nella testa" exactly as in spanish “me costó un ojo de la cara” and of course many others. The one I like the most is "sono andato nel pallone", literally "I went into the ball" or "into the big ball". It's up to you to guess the meaning. :-) - Miki
Open Access Ebooks / Publications / The American School of Classical Studies at Athens -
Open Access Ebooks / Publications / The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
"Many volumes within the Corinth ("Red Book"), Athenian Agora ("Blue Book"), and Hesperia Supplement series are out of print, and there are no plans to reprint the volumes at least for the next few years. In 2014, the Publications Committee of the ASCSA's Managing Committee voted unanimously to allow PDFs of these out-of-print volumes to be posted to the ASCSA's website as Open Access. You may freely read, download, and share these files under the BY-NC-ND Creative Commons license (non-commercial use; you must cite the ASCSA as the source; you may not make derivatives). The scans were created by JSTOR, and through the ASCSA's Content Sharing Agreement with JSTOR, we can make these PDFs available to individuals at no charge." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
A Walk Through the Gallery - -
"On Tuesday, New Yorkers will get their last chance to see the Museum of Modern Art's "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs," a show that gathers about 100 of the artist's painted-paper works — the largest and most extensive presentation of these works ever assembled. The exhibition begins in the 1930s, covering work Matisse started producing toward the end of his life. Can't make it to the museum? Here is the wall-to-wall experience." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I am at the 10-day-long Scottish Storytelling Festival in a cramped attic room on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. And that was “Deacon Brodie Unmasked,” an hour-long investigation of Edinburgh’s 18th century city councillor-cum-boozing-bank robber, William Brodie." - Maitani
"The festival is based on the Scottish Ceilidh—a traditional social gathering—and celebrates and investigates Scottish culture through storytelling. The organizers put on events throughout Scotland, but the festival’s home is Edinburgh, where the country’s most famous stories were born." - Maitani
3quarksdaily: walter liedtke (1945 - 2015) -
"WALTER LIEDTKE (1945 - 2015)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Walter Liedtke, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curator of Dutch and Flemish painting, was killed in the crash of a Metro-North train Tuesday evening. Liedtke commuted from the Upper East Side to his home in Westchester County, where he lived on a farm with his wife Nancy." - Maitani
On 3quarksdaily you find a beautiful video on "Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid: Discreet Object of Desire" by Walter Liedtke. It is quite long, more than 1 hour, but to me it is worth it. :-) - Maitani
Old Masters at the Top of Their Game - -
Old Masters at the Top of Their Game -
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"The portraits here are of men and women in their 80s and 90s, rich in the rewards of substantial and celebrated careers, and although I know none of them except by name and reputation, I’m asked why their love’s labor is not lost but still to be found. Why do they persist, the old masters? To what end the unceasing effort to discover or create something new? Why not rest on the laurels and the oars?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The short answer is Dr. Samuel Johnson’s, in a letter to James Boswell in 1777: “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” A longer answer is that of the 19th-century Japanese artist Hokusai, who at 75 added a postscript to the first printing of his “One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji”:" - Maitani
Deep Habits: Work Analog - Study Hacks - Cal Newport -
Deep Habits: Work Analog - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"I’ve written enough books at this point to notice trends about the process. Case in point, while many stages of pulling together a book end up going slower than expected, there’s one stage, in particular, that typically goes quicker: polishing the manuscript." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The magic ingredient, I suspect, is the analog nature of the process. A computer is a portal to near endless distraction. Because we use these machines for so much of our efforts, the staccato rhythm of broken concentration they generate begins to feel natural — as if this is the necessary experience of work." - Maitani
Learning with all the senses: Movement, images facilitate vocabulary learning -- ScienceDaily -
Learning with all the senses: Movement, images facilitate vocabulary learning -- ScienceDaily
""Atesi" - what sounds like a word from the Elven language of Lord of the Rings is actually a Vimmish word meaning "thought". Scientists have used Vimmish, an artificial language specifically developed for scientific research, to study how people can best memorize foreign-language terms. According to the researchers, it is easier to learn vocabulary if the brain can link a given word with different sensory perceptions. The motor system in the brain appears to be especially important: When someone not only hears vocabulary in a foreign language, but expresses it using gestures, they will be more likely to remember it. Also helpful, although to a slightly lesser extent, is learning with images that correspond to the word. Learning methods that involve several senses, and in particular those that use gestures, are therefore superior to those based only on listening or reading." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Thus, we learn with all our senses. Taste and smell also have a role in learning, and feelings play an important part too. But does multisensory learning work according to the principle: the more senses, the better? "That could well be so," says von Kriegstein, "but we don't know how much the learning outcomes improve with the addition of more senses. Ideally, however, the individual... more... - Maitani
Our habitat: the etymology of “home” | OUPblog -
Our habitat: the etymology of “home” | OUPblog
Our habitat: the etymology of “home” | OUPblog
"When it comes to origins, we know as little about the word home as about the word house. Distinguished American linguist Winfred P. Lehmann noted that no Indo-European terminology for even small settlements has been preserved in Germanic. Here an important distinction should be made. Etymologists have spent centuries searching for the ancient roots that spawned the vocabulary of our old and modern languages. To be sure, the reconstructed roots of the ancient Indo-Europeans never floated independently of whole nouns and verbs; they are only the common part of the words that according to our theories are related, but the established relations are probably real. Fierce debates about minutiae only show that modern scholars don’t know how to deal with the embarrassment of riches; yet one of the variants they have proposed may be correct—no small achievement. This is where Lehmann’s conclusion comes in. Let us suppose that the ancient root of the word house meant “to hide” (this is an... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Here is a short list that illustrates Lehmann’s point: burg, thorp (its German cognate Dorf “village” has much greater currency than Engl. thorp), yard, and the nouns that interest us most of all: house and home. One example to make the situation clear will suffice. Let us agree for the sake of argument that thorp is akin to a Hittite verb meaning “to collect.” If so, thorp was coined... more... - Maitani
heidegger'in yazilarina da baksaymis keske. - seyif
A timeline of the Reformation | OUPblog -
A timeline of the Reformation | OUPblog
"The Reformation was a seismic event in history, whose consequences are still working themselves out in Europe and across the world. The protests against the marketing of indulgences staged by the German monk Martin Luther in 1517 belonged to a long-standing pattern of calls for internal reform and renewal in the Christian Church. But they rapidly took a radical and unexpected turn, engulfing first Germany and then Europe as a whole in furious arguments about how God’s will was to be discerned, and how humans were to be ‘saved’. However, these debates did not remain confined to a narrow sphere of theology. They came to reshape politics and international relations; social, cultural, and artistic developments; relations between the sexes; and the patterns and performances of everyday life." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Below we take a look at some of the key events that shaped the Reformation. In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation Peter Marshall and a team of experts tell the story of how a multitude of rival groups and individuals, with or without the support of political power, strove after visions of ‘reform’." - Maitani
The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives - Annual Review of Linguistics, 1(1):199 -
The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives - Annual Review of Linguistics, 1(1):199
The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives - Annual Review of Linguistics, 1(1):199
The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives - Annual Review of Linguistics, 1(1):199
"Archaeological evidence and linguistic evidence converge in support of an origin of Indo-European languages on the Pontic-Caspian steppes around 4,000 years BCE. The evidence is so strong that arguments in support of other hypotheses should be reexamined." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"For two centuries, the identification of the “homeland” of the Indo-European (IE) languages and the details of the family’s diversification and expansion have remained unsolved problems. One reason is the difficulty of linking linguistic evidence with archaeological evidence in the absence of archaeological finds of writing; another is that the problem’s solution requires an... more... - Maitani
Annual Review of Linguistics - Table Of Contents - Volume 1, 2015 -
Annual Review of Linguistics - Table Of Contents - Volume 1, 2015
"Annual Reviews is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the worldwide scientific community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature as indexed by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The Annual Review of Linguistics, publishing in 2015, will cover significant developments in the field of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces. Reviews will synthesize advances in linguistic theory, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, language change, biology and evolution of language, typology, as well as applications of linguistics in many domains." - Maitani
A Calendar Page for February 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog -
A Calendar Page for February 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for February 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"For this month, the bas-de-page scene is an appropriately wintry and barren one. In the foreground, two ruddy-faced labourers prune back vines, while another carries off the trimmings for firewood in a bundle on his back (note how he is wearing medieval mittens against the cold!). A female figure is following in his footsteps in the background, and to the right a team of oxen draw a plough through a frosty field. The Zodiac sign for this month is Pisces, shown at the top of the page. The border contains four roundels for the key religious festivals of the month, which are picked out in red in the calendar.  These are the feast days of the Purification of the Virgin Mary (also known as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, or Candlemas), Saints Vedastus and Amandus (two bishops from northern France/Belgium, close to where the manuscript originated), the Chair of St Peter, and St Matthias." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
A Winter Walk through Fort Tryon Park | The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
A Winter Walk through Fort Tryon Park | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
""How do you get to The Cloisters?" For me and the two full-time gardeners charged with the care of Fort Tryon Park's sixty-seven acres of forest and two historic gardens, this is the question we are asked the most. Our answer changes from season to season: the paths don't move, but the flowers do, and we always guide visitors through the most beautiful experience the season offers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In that spirit, we gardeners would like to entice you to take a winter walk through Fort Tryon Park to The Cloisters museum and gardens by showing you some of the horticultural gems you'll see along the way." - Maitani
OIMP 38. A Cosmopolitan City | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago -
OIMP 38. A Cosmopolitan City | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
"This companion volume to the exhibit of the same name examines the multicultural city of Fustat, capital of medieval Egypt and predecessor to modern Cairo. It explores the interactions of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities within urban city life. These three communities practiced their own beliefs and enacted communal self-government, but they also intermingled on a daily basis and practiced shared traditions of life. Essays by leading scholars examine the different religions and languages found at Fustat, as well as cultural aspects of daily life such as food, industry, and education. The lavishly illustrated catalog presents a new analysis of the Oriental Institute’s collection of artifacts and textual materials from 7th through 12th-century Egypt. Highlights include documents from the Cairo Genizah (a document repository) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue as well as never-before-published artifacts from archaeological excavations conducted at Fustat by George Scanlon on behalf of... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Terms of Use: The electronic files are only to be distributed from the Oriental Institute's Web site. Individuals, libraries, institutions, and others may download one complimentary copy for their own personal use. ©The University of Chicago. Links to the Institute's Web site are welcomed." - Maitani
Eurozine - Optimism of intellect - David Marcus, Roman Schmidt A conversation with David Marcus -
Eurozine - Optimism of intellect - David Marcus, Roman Schmidt A conversation with David Marcus
"Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at Dissent, is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Roman Schmidt: A few years ago, it seemed like the genre of the American intellectual journal was to going to die, slowly and unnoticed, followed by a smaller and smaller flock whose average age gradually approached that of one of their most celebrated shepherds, Bob Silvers, now 84 and the editor of The New York Review of Books. But not so. In the past decade, a whole new set of... more... - Maitani
"A collection of Russian fairytales translated from the Russian of Nikolai Polevoy, a notable editor, writer, translator in the early 19th century. The translations were made by Robert Nisbet Bain, a British historian who worked for the British Museum, and a polyglot who could reportedly speak over twenty languages fluently. He famously taught himself Hungarian in order that he could read the works of Mór Jókai in the original after first reading him in German, going on to become the most prolific translator into English from Hungarian in the nineteenth century." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Baba Yaga! - Eivind
@eivind you know (about) Baba Yaga? o_O - A. T.
Baba Yaga and other Fairytales: - justcupoftea
I do, silpol. I don't remember when I first encountered her, but I know I encountered her in The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia :) - Eivind
^ just... wow - A. T.
@justcupoftea thanks! - A. T.
"The cooperative network Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies is dedicated to academic dialogue in the field of Oriental manuscript studies with the focus on the Mediterranean and North African cultural areas. It organizes conferences and workshops; publishes journals and monographs; issues a regular mailing list; and facilitates exchange and cooperation in related fields" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Dyeing for Color | The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Dyeing for Color | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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"This fall I planted saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) corms in the bed devoted to the medieval plants used by artists and craftsmen. I was pleasantly surprised that within a handful of weeks, the infamous saffron crocus was in bloom. The C. sativus is a type of autumn-blooming crocus (yes, that's right: it blooms in the autumn, not the spring) with origins in southern Europe and southwestern Asia, and probably stems from the wild crocus (Crocus cartwrightianus) native to the Greek island of Crete and mainland Greece (Cardon 302)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"C. sativus is attractive, with its fragrant, lilac-purple flowers and characteristic three red stigmas and yellow anthers. Crocus comes from the Greek krokos, meaning thread, and refers to the plants' slender stigmas. The stigmas are hand-picked, ideally on a sunny morning when the flowers have fully opened, and then dried, giving us the world's most expensive spice: saffron. The... more... - Maitani
Happy Birthday to ToddlerX!
Happy birthday, little guy! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy Birthday namesake! :) - Pete's Got To Go
happy birthday toddlerx! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday! - Maitani
happy birthday! - ellbeecee
Yes! Happy birthday to him! - Marianne
Happy Birthday!! - Hedgehog
Happy birthday! - LB needs a hero!
Thank you so much! #toddlerx is now. Mr. 3. So far today we have both had tantrums by way of celebration. - laura x
Happy, happy birthday Mr. 3 and may the tantrums result in useful purges of all that is overwhelming. - Galadriel C.
Can’t get up in the morning to be on time for work? Too lazy to go to the gym? Homework remains undone until the last minute? Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. The blame lies with your inner pig dog (Innerer Schweinehund).
This is a good list, these expressions are being used readily in informal speech, at least in my environment. We ARE weird. - Maitani
Fremdschämen actually is the Spanish shame or vergüenza ajena if I got this one right. - молибогамолдбага
I had to look up "Spanish shame"/vergüenza ajena, and yes, the meanings match each other. Fremdschämen can't be used in formal context though. - Maitani
As to Treppenwitz, the article describes the meaning of l'esprit de l'escalier,on which the German phrase is calqued. But I think the word is mostly used in the combination "Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte", "an irony of history". - Maitani
Tarle even mentions the book named "Treppenwitz der Geschichte" in the first meaning. - молибогамолдбага
Wasn't the title "Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte"? Hm, and who is Tarle? - Maitani
Tarle is the prominent Russian historian; this title is mentioned in his work "Napoleon's invasion into Russia": "Есть целая книга (Герстлетта), называющаяся «Остроумие на лестнице» (Der Treppen-witz der Geschichte), специально посвященная таким позднее присочиненным остроумным «историческим» словам и выходкам, которые на самом деле никогда не происходили, но пришли в голову лишь... more... - молибогамолдбага
But it seems you're right, as Wiki says: „Seine außergewöhnliche Belesenheit und historische Bildung verwertete er als Mitarbeiter an Büchmanns 'Geflügelten Worten' und für sein, ähnlich dem 'Büchmann' berühmt gewordenes Werk 'Der Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte'. So it is obviously a mistake. - молибогамолдбага
Thank you for the information on Tarle. :-) - Maitani
He is actually considered one of the best Russian historians of the 19 century. I'd recommend his major works (such as The Crimean War, which is also easily accessible on many sites to any amateur as the best starting point. - молибогамолдбага
The Crimean War sounds interesting. I would have to have a look into an English or German edition. I am not capable of reading longer texts in Russian. - Maitani
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American -
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American
"Scientists in Italy have managed to decipher text on a badly scorched papyrus roll from Herculaneum, a town destroyed with Pompeii in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD. The imaging technique they used may allow archaeologists to analyse other texts previously thought to be too badly damaged to read." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Hundreds of carbonised papyrus rolls were excavated from the ‘Villa of the Papyri’ in Herculaneum in 1754, said to contain the only surviving library from antiquity. Many of the texts were later stored in the National Library of Naples and several were given to Napoléon Bonaparte as a gift in 1802." - Maitani
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books -
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
"There are two ways, perhaps, of looking at Franciso Goya,” writes Colm Tóibín in the Review’s December 18, 2014 issue. In the first version, Goya, who was born near Zaragoza in 1746 and died in exile in France in 1828, “was almost innocent, a serious and ambitious artist interested in mortality and beauty, but also playful and mischievous, until politics and history darkened his imagination…. In the second version, it is as though a war was going on within Goya’s psyche from the very start…. His imagination was ripe for horror.” We present below a series of prints and paintings from the show under review—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s “Goya: Order and Disorder,” now closed—along with commentary on the images drawn from Tóibín’s piece." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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