The Extraordinary Story of an Italian Peasant Who Taught Himself 100 Rare and Extinct Languages

02.27.2017 86-year-old Riccardo Bertani is an exceptional man. Born to a family of farmers in Caprara, a small settlement in Reggio Emilia, Italy, he abandoned his study right after elementary school and dedicated his life to translating and documenting over 100 extinct and rare languages from all around the world. “It was castrating, I quit,”[…]

Synonyms: ‘Jeff Sessions’ and ‘Lying Under Oath’, Time for the Second Resignation

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cheers on the crowd during a rally for then President-elect Trump in Mobile, Alabama, in December of 2016. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP) Jeff Sessions offers to recuse himself from investigations into Russian election meddling after damning Washington Post report By Lauren McCauley / 03.02.2017 Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation[…]

Early Modern Ports, 1500-1750

Port Scene with the Villa Medici, by Claud Lorrain (Gellee), 1637 / Galleria Degli Uffizi, Florence By Dr. Cátia Antunes / 12.03.2010 Professor of History of Global Economic Networks Universiteit Leiden Institute of European History Abstract Ports are the vehicles par excellence for transactions. Since time immemorial, ports have been gateways for the exchange of[…]

Margaret Beauchamp, Duchess of Somerset

Tomb of Margaret Beauchamp and her second husband John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset (Photo by Memorino from Wikimedia Commons) By Susan Abernethy / 02.24.2017 The Freelance History Writer Recently there was some confusion on my Tudor History Lovers Facebook page about a photo of the tomb of John and Margaret Beaufort, Duke and Duchess of[…]

A Guide to ‘Persians’ by Aeschylus, the Western World’s Oldest Surviving Play

The Western world’s oldest surviving play is also one of its most sorrowful. Here’s a brief summary. By Shelby Brown / 08.12.2014 Education Specialist for Academic and Adult Audiences J. Paul Getty Museum An opulent drama told through the voices of Persian courtiers, Aeschylus’s Persians combines visual spectacle with powerful, lyrical storytelling. The play is[…]

Rifles and Roses: America in the Sixties

“Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965,” via Library of Congress. Edited by Samuel Abramson / 08.01.2016 PhD Candidate in Modern United States History Rice University The American Yawp Introduction Perhaps no decade is so immortalized in American memory as the 1960s. Couched in[…]