Category Archives: History

The Last Supper

{March 14, 44 BCE} CAESAR:  Calpurnia!  I’m home! CALPURNIA: Waaaaaaaaaaah! CAESAR:  What is it now Calpurnia? CALPURNIA:  Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!  Oh, Julie I feel so horrible!  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! CAESAR:  Settle down Calpurnia and ‘splain to me what happen’. CALPURNIA:  Well… I know that … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Burr-Hamilton Duel

The historical record is clear. On July 11, 1804 Aaron Burr (then Vice-President of the United States) engaged in a duel with Alexander Hamilton (“Founding Father” and former Secretary of the Treasury) below the cliffs in Weehawken, NJ. Both men … Continue reading

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History Re-Visited: What Really Went Down in Sinai

  MOSES: The Lord has given us the take-out menu to the Manna From Heaven Dumpling and Noodle Shop.  How many want eggroll? DATHAN:  What about the Commandments, Moses?  We want Commandments! MOSES:  You want Commandments?  Are you nuts?  OK, I’ll … Continue reading

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Now Appearing at the Forum

The first to arrive at the home of Gaius Cassius Longinius was Servilius Casca, and he was quickly followed by Tillius Cimber, Rubrius Ruga, Sextius Naso… and finally Marcus Junius Brutus.  Brutus brought the leaflets and the large laminated poster: … Continue reading

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Barbarian Overtures

“Hullo luv, I’m home!” “Hagar, wipe your feet before coming in!” “I’m only here for a minute… King Harold says we’re off with the tide and I just have to pick up a few things to take along…” “Sure… again … Continue reading

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Pass the Soap…

The American Professor Darius Arya has just finished a ten week excavation of an exceptionally well preserved Roman Bath Complex that dates to the Second Century.  Originally thought to be part of the magnificent residence of the “billionaire” of the day, … Continue reading

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National Symbols

Who gets to decide this stuff? Was there a “blue ribbon” panel formed to come up with the lion for England? Sometimes opinion is divided. Two examples come to mind. Our Revolutionary “forefathers” settled on the Bald Eagle for our … Continue reading

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New Discovery From Lascaux

In September of 1940 four teenagers discovered the Caves of Lascaux. The famous frescoes inside have been the subject of much interpretation and speculation. The paintings date back 17,000 years are thought to be incredible representations of life in the … Continue reading

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The Congress of Vienna

On September 1, 1814 the Ambassadors of the major European powers met in Vienna. Their aim was to insure the Peace that had been established in the Treaty of Paris on May 30, 1814 (the peace concluding Napoleon’s run amuck … Continue reading

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Caesar Didn’t Have All the Facts

During the rule of Julius Caesar the calendar for Rome and its Empire was reformed. Prior to 45 BCE when the Julian Calendar took effect, the Roman Calendar consisted of 12 months totaling 355 days. To make up the shortfall … Continue reading

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Où Est Le Chambertin?

It was no secret in the French Court: the favoured wine of Napoleon Bonaparte was Le Chambertin… one of the greatest of Burgundies. His residence was filled with cases of the wine (it’s good to be Emperor!).

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Ivan the Terrible

  Ivan IV Vasilyevich was the first ruler to assume the title Tsar of all Russia. He was crowned with Monomakh’s Cap at the age of 16 on January 16, 1547.   His early reign was noted for reforms and … Continue reading

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The prophecy in the Book of Revalation, Chapter Six, foretold of a dreadful time when the world would witness horror and devastation… and this evil would be delivered by four horsemen. These horsemen represented war, famine, pestilence and death. This … Continue reading

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The Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854

The Charge of the Light Brigade, the gallantry of the Scots Greys, the stalwart stand of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders… few engagements have captured the imagination of historian, artist and poet alike than the Battle of Balaclava. But buried … Continue reading

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The Battle of Thermopylae, 480BC

Perhaps one of the greatest “last stands” in History took place below the cliffs at Thermopylae when 300 Spartans under the leadership of King Leonidas stood against 200,000 Persians (including Hoplites, entertainers, cooks and paymasters) led by King Xerxes. The battle … Continue reading

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