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  • Lost Temple Swallowed by Ocean Discovered Near Roman Empire's 'Las Vegas'

    11/30/2022 9:53:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 30, 2022 | Aristos Georgiou
    Marine archaeologists have located a "unique" ancient temple lost beneath the seabed close to the site of what has been dubbed the "Las Vegas" of the Roman Empire.The temple, thought to date to around 2,000 years ago, is positioned on the opposite side of the Gulf of Pozzuoli to Rome's "Sin City."This ancient city, known as Baiae, was the playground of the Roman elite in its heyday. A fashionable coastal resort, Rome's rich and powerful built luxurious villas at the site—including the emperors Julius Caesar, Nero, and Hadrian—attracted by its beautiful setting and healing natural hot springs, not to mention...
  • This LGBT Museum Is Where You’d Least Expect It

    11/30/2022 9:40:24 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | Maxwell Keller
    Visitors to Russia's first museum of LGBT culture, which opened in St. Petersburg on November 27, are greeted by a portrait of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.Tchaikovsky – the 19th century composer of the Nutcracker, among other works – is arguably one of the most famous gay Russians.Pyotr Voskresensky – a more contemporary gay Russian – got the idea to open the museum after a visit to Tchaikovsky's house in Klin. "The estate and the house interiors were completely scrubbed," Voskresensky told Radio Free Europe. "There was no hint of the composer's personal life.""The context of the opening of this museum is...
  • Jewish catacombs at Rome’s Villa Torlonia

    11/30/2022 9:24:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18, 2010 | Irving Spitz
    The vast majority of catacombs represent the final resting places of Christians, but there are also several of Jewish origin. One of these is situated in the gardens of the Villa Torlonia in the northeast of Rome. This villa was built in the first half of the 19th century for the wealthy banking Torlonia family. In 1929 it was taken over by the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. After his death in 1945, the villa and the gardens remained unused for many years, but have now been restored and are open to the public.In 1918, while conducting alterations in the very...
  • Nearly 50,000-Year-Old ‘Zombie Virus’ with Potential to Infect Humans Discovered Frozen in Ice

    11/29/2022 9:08:52 PM PST · by bitt · 48 replies
    LIBERTYLOFT ^ | 11/29/2022 | jack davis
    For almost 50,000 years, viruses have been waiting, frozen in layers of permafrost that have thawed with the warming of Earth. A recent study of a section of Siberian permafrost by scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research found 13 viruses that have survived 48,500 years, according to Canada’s Global News. That’s older than the previous oldest virus found, which was 30,000 years old. One of the new finds has been dubbed a “zombie virus” by the New York Post. “One quarter of the Northern hemisphere is underlain by permanently frozen ground, referred to as permafrost. Due to...
  • QuickCheck: Do Camels Store Water in Their Humps?

    11/29/2022 11:45:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Star ^ | Monday, 28 Nov 2022 | Bernard Cheah
    WHEN you think of camels, you think of hot and dry deserts, with no water in sight. But is it true that camels store water in their humps? Verdict: FALSE Contrary to what cartoons have been showing us about camels, they do not store water in their humps. Instead, these ships of the desert have fatty tissue stored in their humps, which becomes their source of nourishment in case there is a shortage of food. When the camel is unable to access food for a long period of time, its body is able to metabolise the fat in the humps...
  • Newly identified dinosaur that lived on island of dwarfed creatures had an unusual head

    11/28/2022 5:20:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | November 28, 2022 | Katie Hunt,
    Discovered in what’s now western Romania, the Transylvanosaurus platycephalus (flatheaded reptile from Transylvania) was 2 meters (6 feet) long — a relatively small size for a dinosaur, according to a new study. Its skull bones were unearthed in 2007 in a riverbed of the Haţeg Basin. In the Cretaceous Period, this region of Romania was a tropical archipelago. Dinosaurs living there were smaller than their relatives elsewhere; paleontologists think these dinosaurs were an example of what biologists call “island rule,” where large animals isolated on islands become dwarfed or stunted in their growth over time and small animals become larger....
  • How Many Roman Soldiers Survived to Retirement?

    11/28/2022 3:02:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 11, 2022 | toldinstone
    Soldiers served an average of 25 years in the imperial Roman army. In the face of relentless campaigning, harsh discipline, and brutal demographic realities, how likely were they to survive to retirement?Chapters:0:00 Introduction1:08 Terms of service1:33 Death in battle2:42 Wondrium3:55 Fatal discipline4:41 Disease in the ranks5:33 Sweet release5:59 The odds of survival7:53 Hadrian's WallHow Many Roman Soldiers Survived to Retirement? | toldinstone | 396,157 views | November 11, 2022
  • History of Plimmoth Plantation, both volumes

    11/24/2022 6:44:36 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 21 replies
    William Bradford | 1650 or so | William Bradford
    History of Plimmoth Plantation, 2 volumes, both in this post. You can download them for yourself . History of Plymouth plantation, 1620-1647 by Bradford, William, 1588-1657; Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941, editor; Massachusetts Historical Society VOL 1 https://archive.org/details/historyofplymout1162brad/page/n1/mode/2up?q=Of+Plimouth+Plantation History of Plymouth plantation, 1620-1647 by Bradford, William, 1588-1657; Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941, editor; Massachusetts Historical Society VOL 2 https://archive.org/details/historyofplymout2162brad/page/n9/mode/2up?q=Of+Plimouth+Plantation
  • Woke mob vandalizes statue of Abraham Lincoln with red paint and daubs 'COLONIZER' and 'LAND BACK' during Thanksgiving day attack in Chicago

    11/27/2022 3:29:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 27, 2022 | Aneeta Nhole
    A statue of young Abraham Lincoln has been splashed with red paint with the words 'COLONIZER' and 'LAND BACK' written below it in Chicago. The statue, which has stood in the Edgewater neighborhood since it was donated to Senn Park in 1997, also had the words 'Dakota 38' written on it. Dakota 38 refers to Lincoln's ordered execution of 38 Sioux, who were publicly hanged for participating in the Sioux Uprising in the US-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota.
  • University Launches Graduate Program to Fight the 'Rampant' White Supremacy of Museums

    11/27/2022 7:19:32 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 74 replies
    Red State ^ | Nov. 26th, 2022 | Alex Parker
    Tufts research school has diagnosed museum curation with a bad case of white supremacy, and it’s offering a post-graduate cure.
  • New Inscriptions in Roman City in Israel Shed Personal Light on Early Christians

    11/27/2022 6:44:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/20/22 | Ruth Schuster
    While cleaning one set of Byzantine mosaics in Hippos of the Decapolis, the archaeologists found more mosaics. An unknown bishop, a goldsmithing priest and an anxious couple have come to lightPeople of yore were deeply religious, it seems – including in Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis, a Greco-Roman city perched high above the Sea of Galilee. No less than seven churches have been found in the city from the early Christian era. Now, four inscriptions newly discovered in one of its ancient churches – the Martyrion of Theodoros, or “Burnt Church” – during the summer 2022 excavation season shed rare...
  • Nazca Desert Mystery

    11/27/2022 5:34:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 4, 2022 | NOVA PBS Official
    One of the world’s greatest ancient enigmas, the Nazca lines are a dense network of criss-crossing lines, geometric shapes, and animal figures etched across 200 square miles of Peruvian desert. Who created them and why? Ever since they were rediscovered in the 1920s, scholars and enthusiasts have raised countless theories about their purpose. Now, archaeologists have discovered hundreds of long-hidden lines and figures as well as evidence of ancient rituals, offering new clues to the origins and motivations behind the giant desert symbols. Nazca Desert Mystery | Full DocumentaryNOVA PBS Official | 848,702 views | Premiered November 4, 2022
  • Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real

    11/27/2022 5:10:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 days ago | Pallab Ghosh
    The coin at the centre of the story was among a small hoard discovered in 1713. It was thought to have been a genuine Roman coin until the mid-19th century... The final blow came in 1863 when Henry Cohen, the leading coin expert of the time at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, considered the problem for his great catalogue of Roman coins. He said that they were not only 'modern' fakes, but poorly made and "ridiculously imagined". Other specialists agreed and to this day Sponsian has been dismissed in scholarly catalogues...A chemical analysis also showed that the coins had been...
  • So monkeys CAN write Shakespeare - with a little help from mind-reading technology

    09/12/2016 7:45:27 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/12/2016 | Libby Plummer
    It is often said that, given an infinite amount of time, monkeys hitting random keys on a typewriter will eventually type the works of Shakespeare. While it may seem far fetched, an unusual experiment has achieved the fabled task. To illustrate how paralysed people can type using a device called a ‘brain-computer interface’, scientists used monkeys to show how it can be done. Two rhesus macaque monkeys (stock picture) typed a passage from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as portions of the New York Times, at 12 words per minute.
  • Researchers Tested Whether Infinite Monkeys Could Write Shakespeare, With Actual Monkeys

    02/11/2022 11:36:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    https://www.iflscience.com ^ | February 11, 2022 | James Felton
    There's something quite satisfying about the infinite monkey therorem, which goes like this: an infinite number of monkeys typing at an infinite number of typewriters would one day produce the entire works of Shakespeare, really showing that smug dead genius what's what. It's not just the works of Shakespeare, of course. Given enough time and monkeys, eventually, they'd write everything, including the above sentences. Please note that if you are typing up a monkey copy of this article from far in the future we'll sue. We're not above suing a monkey, Donkey Kong, and will see you in space court....
  • Shakespeare vs. Molière: Who's the Better Playwright? The heaviest of England's and France's heavy literary hitters go toe to toe

    01/30/2022 8:33:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2022 | Michael Curtis
    Vive la différence between British and French culture in two of the greatest playwrights in history. Britain has a rich literary heritage, but Shakespeare, "the Bard," is widely recognized as the greatest writer in the English language. In France, a number of writers — Voltaire, Hugo, Proust, Flaubert — can compete for that title, but Molière is viewed as the most acclaimed writer of French comedy and satires, even more heralded than later satirists like Voltaire and Anatole France.This year, specifically January 15, 1622, is the 400th anniversary of the birth in the heart of Paris of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, son...
  • An honourable tradition: the history of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

    04/23/2021 5:06:55 PM PDT · by fhayek · 7 replies
    Stratford-upon-Avon Herald ^ | 4/23/21 | Gill Sutherland
    For the second year running the pandemic has halted Shakespeare’s Birthday Parade – although see below for details of the virtual one. While we are missing the fun, Sylvia Morris looks back on the history of the parade which has been an annual feature of the town since 1826. SHAKESPEARE’S Birthday has been celebrated in Stratford-upon-Avon for very nearly two centuries. Over this period there have been many changes, but the floral procession from the centre of the town to Holy Trinity Church remains their central feature. It is headed by students from King Edward VI School because the school...
  • An Original Copy of Shakespeare’s First Full Collection Sold for $10 Million at Auction

    10/15/2020 5:51:41 PM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies
    InsideHook ^ | Oct. 15, 2020 | Carl Caminetti
    In what has been called a once-in-a-generation event, a complete and original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio sold for a record-setting price just under $10 million at auction earlier this week. The First Folio, published in 1623, was the first complete printed collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Published seven years after the author’s death, the book marked not only the first complete collection of Shakespeare’s works, but also the first time those works were organized as comedies, tragedies and histories. There are around 235 copies known to exist, and only six complete ones owned privately.
  • Shakespeare may have been gay, says artistic director of RSC [Royal Shakespeare Company] [ed]

    07/22/2017 2:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 80 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2017 | Staff
    William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.
  • 21 Everyday Phrases That Come Straight From Shakespeare's Plays

    12/30/2016 10:16:58 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-30-2016 | Elena Holodny
    Llena Holodny December 30, 2016 William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays, but he also coined and popularized a lot of words and phrases that we still use to this day. We put together a list of our 21 favorites. Check them out: "Puking" "The Seven Ages of Man: The Infant" by Robert Smirke, derived from a monologue in Shakespeare's "As You Like It."Wikimedia "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At...