BBC News ran a wonderful article earlier this week entitled “The men who uncovered Assyria“. The wanton destruction and barbaric inhumanity that Islamic State (IS) has demonstrated in Iraq, Syria and beyond has brought attention to not only the many innocent lives that have been lost, but indeed monuments, historic sites and invaluable treasures of […]Read more "Assyria and the Great Library of Ashurbanipal"
Happy Spring to You All! I have put together several links that may be of interest to those who want to keep their keen historical minds in shape. There are some wonderful seminars, workshops and travel opportunities for those who want to hone their skills and contribute to some amazing historical projects or learn from […]Read more "Keep your historical mind in shape…"
The extent and state of World War II prisoner of war camps in England has not received the due attention it deserves. While the National Archives in London is riddled with sources and documentary evidence of the almost 1,500 camps across the British Isles during the war, war camps is a memory most would rather […]Read more "What happened to England’s WWII POW camps"
While I wish not to harp on the aspect of bombing since my last post on Dresden, the bombing of Tokyo in March of 1945 is certainly worthy of remembrance. In a relatively recent article by Henry I. Miller with Forbes in 2012, Mr. Miller noted: “The nighttime fire-bombing of Tokyo on March 9–10, 1945, […]Read more "Remembering the bombing of Tokyo on March 9-10, 1945"
The Vatican Library has recently made available as part of is mass digitization program, a set of beautiful manuscripts from the renowned Hungarian Renaissance King Matthias Corvinus. The world famous Bibliotheca Corviniana, the library of Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490), rivaled only the Vatican collection with 2000-3000 volumes of exquisite examples of humanist works, Greek, and Latin texts […]Read more "Renowned Hungarian Corvinian manuscripts digitized"
In the immediate aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 attempts to loot and damage the Iraq National Museum occurred despite somewhat limited US efforts to protect the museum from overwhelming chaos in Baghdad. In April of 2003 between 10-15,000 items were stolen, including items up to 5,000 years old. It is all […]Read more "National Iraq Museum reopens 12 years on"
The first six printed editions of the Bible and copies of Shakespeare’s first four folios are among a trove of rare books that have been bequeathed to Princeton University. William Scheide, a philanthropist who died in November, donated more than 2,500 rare books to his alma mater. The gift – valued at $300m (£194m) – is the […]Read more "Shakespeare folios part of huge gift to Princeton University"