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A Frightful History: Author P J Hodge Presents “The Ghost Hunter”

Last Tuesday’s blog explored the neurology of fear and introduced a 2000 year old horror story from Pliny the Younger. Despite its antiquity, this story (actually contained in a missive to an acquaintance by the prolific letter writer) exhibited remarkable 21st century elements. 2,353 more words


Lessons from the Earliest Civilization of Ancient Sumer

The oldest written records come from Sumer, in Southern Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), more than 5,000 years ago. While Sumer may or may not be the oldest civilization that employed writing, it is the oldest civilization with… 757 more words

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Bon Appetit Wednesday! An Ancient Roman Salad

This week we’re bringing you a recipe straight out of ancient Rome. The Columella Salad, named for its author, Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, is the perfect side dish and would fit easily on any modern menu. 495 more words


History’s First Great Work of Literature Influenced the Hebrew Bible

The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Mesopotamian poem, is generally considered to be history’s first great work of literature. Consisting of a series of poems transmitted orally and in writing over time, the story was eventually compiled into one combined epic, with the oldest combined version dating to 1,800 years BCE. 607 more words

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Hadrian in Jerusalem

A new episode in our series “the suicide of the humanities”: a dedication to the emperor Hadrian from Jerusalem. Read more about it here. Nice photos. 92 more words

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Essential Sources: 2 - Fragmentary Annals

Unlike the better-known Irish chronicles (such as the Annals of Ulster and the Annals of Tigernach) the text known as the Fragmentary Annals embellishes many of its year-entries with long passages of narrative saga. 700 more words


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