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Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie)

Inca Metronomy – An Intersection of Cultural Elements

Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie) By Douglas McElwain - Inca measurements are systematic as they apply to architecture and quipu knot structures. This article suggests a relationship between three seemingly disparate elements...

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Bereshit "In the beginning" opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis.

Hebrew Poetry and Word Play in Genesis 1:1-2

Berei’shit “In the beginning” opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis. By Patrick Hunt –  While this is not in any way comprehensive, some of my favorite word plays from Hebrew literature show a deliberate...

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Looking Glass: Classical Psychology and Law Since Solon and Aeschylus

 Orestes Going After His Mother Clytemnestra to Kill Her, 5th c. BCE Red-Figure vase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston By Walter Borden, M.D. Clytemnestra: “But blood of man once spilled, Once at his feet shed forth, and darkening the plain,...

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Champagne Revelers in a scene depicting 18th century. a bas-relief form 1883 at Pommery, Reims (Image in public domain)

Champagne History: The Lasting Legacy of Bubbles

  Champagne Revelers in a scene depicting 18th century. a bas-relief from 1883 at Pommery, Reims (courtesy of AP, Daily Mail, UK) A bottle for New Year’s 2014! (Photo Catherine Clover) By Catherine Clover - “Remember gentlemen,...

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Ottoman Period Ark illumination from Sultanahmed Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo P. Hunt 2014)

Review: Irving Finkel’s The Ark Before Noah

Ottoman Period Noah’s Ark illumination from Sultanahmed Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo P. Hunt 2014) By Patrick Hunt –  The Atrahasis Flood Tablet I first saw in Irving Finkel’s office at the British Museum a few years ago before...

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Sacsayhuaman (photo courtesy of Kim McQuarrie)

Inca Metronomy – An Intersection of Cultural Elements

By Douglas McElwain – Inca measurements are systematic as they apply to architecture and quipu knot structures. This article suggests a relationship between three seemingly disparate elements of Inca culture; stone walls, distance units of measure, and quipu (surviving string knot artifacts). Walls The Inca of Peruvian South America lived in a geologically active zone […]

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Bereshit "In the beginning" opening word in Hebrew scripture or Old Testament Genesis.

Hebrew Poetry and Word Play in Genesis 1:1-2

By Patrick Hunt –  While this is not in any way comprehensive, some of my favorite word plays from Hebrew literature show a deliberate use of language for suggesting multiple ambiguities, sometimes even steganographic – hiding things in plain sight – and often paronomasic – having connections in both sound and meaning. Genesis 1:1-2 is […]

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orestes-clytemnestra

Looking Glass: Classical Psychology and Law Since Solon and Aeschylus

 Orestes Going After His Mother Clytemnestra to Kill Her, 5th c. BCE Red-Figure vase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston By Walter Borden, M.D. Clytemnestra: “But blood of man once spilled, Once at his feet shed forth, and darkening the plain, Nor chant nor charm can call it back again. So Zeus has willed.”    Aeschylus, Agamemnon What […]

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Champagne Revelers in a scene depicting 18th century. a bas-relief form 1883 at Pommery, Reims (Image in public domain)

Champagne History: The Lasting Legacy of Bubbles

  By Catherine Clover – “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s champagne!” _Winston Churchill, WWII As the year 2014 comes to a close, it is a most fitting time to reflect upon the year in review and prepare resolutions for the year ahead. After meeting Francois Hurtel, champagne specialist with […]

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Ottoman Period Ark illumination from Sultanahmed Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo P. Hunt 2014)

Review: Irving Finkel’s The Ark Before Noah

By Patrick Hunt –  The Atrahasis Flood Tablet I first saw in Irving Finkel’s office at the British Museum a few years ago before this book was published seemed much like many others in the museum galleries, a cuneiform clay tablet one could easily hold in a hand. But this one was different in several […]

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Fig. 1   Council of Constance, 1414-18, illustration from Chronicles of Ulrich von Richenthal (image in public domain)

Four Popes and a Would-Be Emperor: The Council of Constance 1414-1418

By  Andrea M. Gáldy –  Das Konstanzer Konzil. Weltereignis des Mittelalters 1414-1418. Grosse Landesausstellung 2014 im Konzilgebäude Konstanz (27. April – 21. September 2014), organised by the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. www.konstanzerkonzil2014.de Karl-Heinz Braun, Mathias Herweg, Hans W. Hubert, Joachim Schneider und Thomas Zotz, eds. Das Konstanzer Konzil. Catalogue and volume of 65 Essays. Theiss, Darmstadt, […]

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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma), a monk walks by temples (Photo courtesy of National Geographic Images)

The Historic Temples of Bagan in Burma (Myanmar)

By Catherine Clover –  From the air, the Irrawaddy River stretches like a golden snake across the landscape all the way to the horizon in the late daylight. My journey to Bagan started from Bangkok with a pre-dawn flight to Yangon. After a brief stop for breakfast at the historic Strand Hotel in Yangon, my […]

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Fig. 1 Hanover, Schloss Herrenhausen, c.1640-1943, rebuilt 2013 in its classicistic appearance conducted by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in 1818.

The Complete Gentleman – Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn

  By Andrea M. Gáldy – The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837. A series of exhibitions at Schloss Herrenhausen and other venues, Hanover and Lower Saxony, 17 May to 5 October 2014, www.royals-aus-hannover.de Ralf Bormann, “The Art Collection of Count Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn”, in Katja Lembke (ed.), The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714–1837. Catalogue […]

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The Great Portico at the Temple of Literature, c. 18th century (Photo Catherine Clover, 2014)

Văn Miêu – The Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam

By Catherine Clover –  Spring Morning In the hut in the mountains one is free the live-long day A clump of bamboos leaning o’er screens from cold mountain air Green grows the grass and the sky reels in joy, Late lingers the dew in the cups of scarlet flowers The man alone with the lonely cloud clings […]

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Osiris holding crook and flail (image in public domain)

Egyptian Kingship and Animal Husbandry

By Patrick Hunt – What is the relationship between ancient Egyptian kingship and animal husbandry, specifically the practice of owning, tending and herding animals like cattle? Ancient cattle pens have been found in Nilotic contexts going back at least eight thousand years into the Neolithic, possibly the earliest examples of bovid domestication in the world […]

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