Love of History Proof

How do you know if you are in love with History? One knows with certainty about the level of his or her infatuation IF s/he: 1)      Keeps a pile of biography books under the bed at all times. 2)      Has recorded every documentary on the Roman Empire ever shown on BBC. 3)      Follows religiously the animated scholarly historical debates on BBC Radio 4. 4)      Brings on much needed holidays the latest historical best seller. 5)      Feels hers or his heart taking large leaps every time one men... »

Ancient History Competition 20

He fled his city, but also helped it decisevely 11 years later. He lost a major naval battle, but won another major naval battle 11 years later. His son became a famous general. Who is he? »

Quotation of the Week 14

Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. (A.J.P. Taylor, Listener, 6th June 1963) »

How (not) to organise a Tour in Athens

When I suggested the commencement of a short MA module in Athens for our Campus-Based and Distance-Learning students, I had no idea about the political, economic and environmental implications. For the past month I seem to have been fighting not only against Greek bureaucracy but also a double dip in the local economy and the volcanic eruptions in Iceland. The omens appeared for the first time a month ago, when the Ministry of Culture denied us permission to teach our Distance Learning students ... »

Ancient History Competition 19

Manolis grades the difficulty of the following quiz at 4 out of 10. He was obsessively loved by the Syracusans, relentlessly mocked by Aristophanes, and brutally killed by dogs. Who was he? »

Quotation of the Week 13

“Human blunders usually do more to shape history than Roman wickedness.” (A.J.P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War, 1961) »

Do not take Archaeology too seriously!

Archaeology provides tangible proof of past actions, civilizations, cultures. It is an essential tool for the writing of ancient history. And yet, its results can be abused, falsified or distorted. In the hands of an archaeologist the following pictures are nothing more than an amusing hoax. In the hands of others, though, it could turn into an undoubted proof that giants existed in Biblical times, in accordance with the teachings of the Old Testament. »

Quotation of the Week 12

“History started badly and has been getting steadily worse.” (Goeffrey Williams and Ronald Searle, Down with Skool!, 1953) »

Ancient History Competition 18

In 425 Aristophanes makes fun of this man’s love for war. In 405, 9 years after this man’s death, Aristophanes laments his loss and calls him a ‘hero’. He is speechless in Thucydides. Who is he? »

Quotation of the Week 11

“It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.” (Felix Frankfurter, dissenting opinion in United States v. Rabinowitz, 1950) »

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