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The Eagle That Saw Everything

The Nature of Curtius
Book Three

Chapter Two
A field outside Babylon

At the start of The Lord of the Rings there is a scene when a fox comes across the hobbits as they rest in the woodland of the Shire. 827 more words

Darius III

The first charter of liberty of nations

“I am Cyrus, king of the world, great King, mighty King, King of Babylon, King of the Land of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four quarters, son of Cambyses, great King, King of Ashan, gradson of Cyrus, great King of Ashan, descendant of an unending royal line… When I, well disposed, entered Babylon, I set up the seat of domination in the royal palace amidst jubilation and rejoicing… My numerous troops moved about indisturbed in the midst of Babylon. 135 more words


They lived like this in Ancient Persia

At the dawn of history, some 5.000 years ago, the old villages in Persia were at the edge of a lake in the centre of the plateau, with rich vegetation around it. 244 more words


Oldest Metal Object Just Found in Middle East

A copper awl found during the excavations at Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East. 881 more words


Letters from Baghdad - a documentary on Gertrude Bell

“A documentary on Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire, who drew Iraq’s borders before disappearing from history”.

Two researchers, Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenb├╝hl, have successfully raised funds through… 307 more words

19th Century Travellers

Sleeping Beauty, Reversed

The usual assumption, when we look back at ancient goddesses and gods and at their relationships and interactions, is that they model certain expected behaviors. Gods tend to rule the sky, and the sun, and their role in the fertility myths is, naturally, the active one, that of insemination. 909 more words

Engaged in War

This blog is going to be based on the letters that my grandfather, Edward Stanley Goodland (Stanley) wrote to his fiance, Elsie Hyde (my grandmother) during the first world war. 340 more words