Weekly Web Links:
- 6 modern world capitals with ancient historical roots complete with some snazzy old-school maps.
- The origin of giants in the historical record. Cruelty and cannibalism appear to have been the central early personality traits.
- 12 commonly believed historical myths.
- Since Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Yule, winter holiday of your choice is coming up quickly (seriously where did this year go?), here are some of the forgotten holidays of history.
- Where artifacts from one country but discovered by another should be kept is always a controversial topic but, in the situation of smuggled items of historical interest, it is usually viewed as the country of origin that has the best claim. This is why it is fantastic that France has agreed to return 239 artifacts which were smuggled out of Egypt over four years ago.
- This article made me cringe; the sketchy online world of selling ancient texts.
Historical Book Review for the Week:
Stuff You Missed in History Class by How Stuff Works
Well it’s hard for me to say for certain if I did in fact miss a lot of the information covered by this book in history class but I will admit that there was a lot of information that I either had no pre-existing knowledge about or very little so the title ended up being pretty much spot on for me! I think what I liked best about this particular book is that, through the title as well as the tone of the content, it manages to cover areas of history that you probably really should have an idea about without being unbearably snide and condescending about the whole thing; there definitely isn’t any presence of a ‘well if we have to break it down for some members of the class’ vibe. Which I appreciated since one of the sections covered by this book is the Spanish Inquisition. You’ve probably heard of it; kind of a big deal, happened ages ago, in Spain, it involved an inquisition…that, in combination with a really short 1-2 pg. scene in ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (hilarious book, not exactly a noted historically accurate text) has made up the bulk of my knowledge for the past three decades. So, while this book in no way covers all the details or delves into any sort of in-depth analysis, I now know something about what I think we all can agree was kind of a big, historical, deal.