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Imitation game: how copies can solve our cultural heritage crises

Original article by Felicity Strong on The Conversation

Visitors to the Otsuka Museum in Japan are offered the chance to see through time. Two life-sized copies of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper are hung on opposing walls, one showing it before the major 1999 restoration, and one as it is today. 1,065 more words


How Did Firefighting Develop?

Firefighting began to be a focus only with the rise of very large cities such as Rome. Earlier cities, such as those in Mesopotamia or the Indus, likely developed ad hoc firefighting departments and respondent to events. 174 more words

Ancient History

Numbering The Stars: Remembering the Contributions of Medieval Muslim Astronomers And Catalogers

This week over at the Forbes blog, I discuss the International Astronomical Union (IAU)‘s publication of an official catalog of 227 star names. The list was published this week in order to further standardize how we reference stars and constellations, since each one has had numerous monikers in Greek, Roman, Chinese, Arabic and many other languages over the many millenia that people have been studying the stars. 317 more words


Lost Sects of Christianity

Christianity today has thousands of different denominations today, all with minor and some major differences, but today’s variations of Christianity pale in comparison to the differences in beliefs of earlier Christians! 864 more words

Ancient History

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

An old story I summon,
a tale long been told.
Its lesson is lasting,
has more worth than cold chambers
the kings filled with gold. 307 more words

Chimneys And Clouds, A Collection Of Poems By Philip Dodd

Roman Ruins - study day

Delighted to be leading the study day at the WI’s marvellous Denman College in Oxford today. It’s a crisp, blue sky day here. Just glorious, in a beautiful setting with great hospitality and an exciting day of exploring the joys of Roman Ruins and bringing them vividly to life. 32 more words

Gillian Hovell

The Black Widow of Rome Brought Poisonous Death To The Powerful

At the height of the Roman Empire when riches were plentiful and the Emperors of the land were drunk with power and privilege, there lived a woman named Locusta who used her uncommon knowledge of botany and science to bring about the death of many prestigious men, elevating her status as a killer in one of history’s most insidious empires. 1,644 more words

Dark History