Censorship of Medieval English Recipes

Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine By Patrick Outhwaite / 04.21.2017 PhD Candidate in English McGill University A late medieval manuscript in the Wellcome Library contains intriguing marks of censorship. MS. 406 is a collection of Middle English texts and recipes produced in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The recipes are from the ‘Practica phisicalia’ composed[…]

Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük

Johann Schleyer on a harp given to him as a 50th birthday present by his colleagues at Sionsharfe, a magazine devoted mainly to Catholic poetry, which Schleyer edited and in which he first published on Volapük in 1879 / Bayerische StaatsBibliothek Arika Okrent explores the rise and fall of Volapük – a universal language created in[…]

Israeli Archaeologists Find 2,700-year-old ‘Governor of Jerusalem’ Seal Impression

A conservator shows a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias Reuters / 01.01.2018 The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as “belonging[…]

The Return of Odysseus in the Homeric Odyssey

Illustration from Schwab, Gustav: “Die schönsten Sagen des klassischen Altertums” (1882) By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of nostos Odysseus and his crew escape the cyclops, as painted by Arnold Böcklin in 1896. / Wikimedia Commons The key word here[…]

The Myths of Gettysburg

A cannon at sunset in Gettysburg / Photo by Nicolas Raymond, Flickr, Creative Commons By Kimberly J. Largent Editor Charge the Cannons Publishing If you recently visited Gettysburg and had a difficult time finding the location of the Gettysburg Shoe Factory on your battlefield map, or you wondered what the Yanks and Rebs talked about[…]