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A Day at the Bowers Museum

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although I’ve lived within 10 minutes of it for almost a decade, it was only within the past month that I finally made it over to Orange County’s Bowers Museum, an art and cultural history institution located in … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian Citizen

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s the 5th century BC. Because Athens’s allies pay the city tribute (i.e. protection money in exchange for Athens shielding them from the Persians), you are sufficiently wealthy that you don’t need to work for a living. You … Continue reading

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Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I’m currently working my way through the Teaching Company course called The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World by Prof. Robert Garland. I finished the lectures on ancient Egypt and thought I’d share some interesting … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: When Theodora was still too immature to sleep with a man or to have intercourse like a woman, she acted as might a male prostitute  to satisfy those dregs of humanity who remained some considerable time in … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Sax von Stroheim writes: Caesar, when informed of these matters, fearing the fickle disposition of the Gauls, who are easily prompted to take up resolutions, and much addicted to change, considered that nothing was to be entrusted to them; for … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Fate of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

epiminondas writes: There are a lot of theories about what happened to the great Library and Museum of Alexandria.  In fact there are three main theories.  But what is even more speculative are the fanciful ideas about what this library … Continue reading

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