Robert Browning: A Brief Biography

By Dr. James Sexton Lecturer in English Literature Specialist in Modern, Renaissance, and Utopian/Dystopian Literatures Camosun College Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812, in Camberwell, England. His mother was an accomplished pianist and a devout evangelical Christian. His father worked as a bank clerk and was also an artist, scholar, antiquarian, and collector of[…]

‘Lines that Speak’: The Gaidinliu Notebooks as Language, Prophecy, and Textuality

Bihu dancers in Assam, India / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Arkotong Longkumer Lecturer in Religious Studies University of Edingburgh 6:2 (2016) Abstract This article navigates my experience of returning copies of the “Gaidinliu notebooks” from the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) to the Zeme Nagas of Assam, India. The notebooks were confiscated in 1932 by the[…]

The History of Smallpox – ‘The Speckled Monster’ – from 1600 to 1977

Smallpox hits the Aztecs, from the Florentine Codex, Book 12, 16th century / Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Florence Lecture by Dr. Frank Snowden / 02.01.2010 Andrew Downy Orrick Professor History and History of Medicine Yale University Smallpox, Not Plague Introduction   Smallpox (left) and Plague (right) / Wikimedia Commons Plague was a bacterial disease. Smallpox instead is[…]

Early Medieval Monasticism

Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, founded 910 CE by William I (Duke of Aquitaine), Burgundy / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Paul H. Freedman / 10.19.2011 Chester D. Tripp Professor of History Chair, History of Science and Medicine Program Yale University Introduction to Monasticism Manuscript illustration of Saint Benedict handing the Benedictine Order Rule to his[…]

Discovering the Roman Provinces

The dining room (triclinium) of Herod’s Third Palace at Jericho with impressions of the stone inlays in the white-mud floor. / Courtesy of the Jericho and Cypros Expedition, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ by Zeev Radovan Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 02.28.2009 Dunham Professor, History of Art and Classics Yale University Corinth We[…]

Roman Toilets, Sanitation, and the Spread of Parasites

Archaeological evidence shows that intestinal parasites such as whipworm became increasingly common across Europe during the Roman Period, despite the apparent improvements the empire brought in sanitation technologies. 01.08.2016 The Romans are well known for introducing sanitation technology to Europe around 2,000 years ago, including public multi-seat latrines with washing facilities, sewerage systems, piped drinking[…]