Category: history

China dates: Lovely photos of a beautiful girl taken by her…

China dates: Lovely photos of a beautiful girl taken by her boyfriend in Shanghai from the late 1940s.

Color photos of Peter ‘Marilyn’ Robinson in the 1980s.

Color photos of Peter ‘Marilyn’ Robinson in the 1980s.

A Lofty Goal

In 1760, Horace Benedict de Saussure, a naturalist hoping to gain scientific information, offered a reward to anyone who could make the full climb up Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in Europe. It was 26 years before Dr. Michel Paccard was able to complete the climb and earn the reward.

These candid backstage Polaroids were taken by an unknown fan of…

These candid backstage Polaroids were taken by an unknown fan of Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock. Hendrix performed early Monday morning so this would have been the last day of the festival – August 17, 1969.

PIRATES IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN: PIRACY, …

PIRATES IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN: 

PIRACY, defined as the act of attacking and robbing a ship or port by sea, had a long history in the ancient Mediterranean stretching from the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (r. 1353-1336 BCE) and throughout the Middle Ages (c. 476-1500 CE). Piracy in the Mediterranean remains a persistent threat in the present day only with different kinds of ships and more advanced technology.

Historians sometimes telescope the history of piracy for narrative convenience and wind up implying or even claiming that piracy in the Mediterranean began with the decline of the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE and ended when Pompey the Great (l. c. 106-48 BCE) defeated the Cilician pirates at the Battleof Coracesium in 67 BCE when, actually, Egyptian records substantiate piratical activities in the Mediterranean centuries earlier and Roman accounts report its continuance for centuries afterwards.

Piracy was engaged in by governments and was often considered a legitimate act of war. Pirates were not always the “outsiders” flying under their own flag but were frequently employed by governments and were encouraged in their piracy by the slave trade which continued throughout antiquity. Long after Pompey had defeated the Cilician pirates, Rome continued to rely on them for slaves for the empire and, after that empire fell, piracy and the slave trade continued for centuries.  

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33 amazing photos capture street scenes of Glasgow in 1982.

33 amazing photos capture street scenes of Glasgow in 1982.

A team of archaeologists excavating a Bronze A…

A team of archaeologists excavating a Bronze Age cemetery in the region of Karaganda, in central Kazakhstan, has unearthed the remains of a man and a woman who were buried facing one another. Their exact relationship is unclear, and the archaeologists did not speculate on whether they were a romantic couple or held some other relationship, such as siblings.

The two were buried with varied, high-quality grave goods including beads, large ceramic pots, knives, and gold jewelry. Together the grave goods suggest the two came from wealthy families. The couple are believed to have been buried sometime around 2000 BCE. In this part of Kazakhstan, that time was marked by increasing conflict, as well as the introduction of the chariot.

What Were Cats Called in Indo-European?

And some other animals’ names, too

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