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Eve swimming in Eden

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How puppies help when you’re sick.

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 Roman Holidays Without End

During festivals, huge crowds would converge on Rome’s great amphitheater and many circuses to attend a day of games. In the vast Colosseum, up to 50,000 people could watch gladiators fight wild beasts or other gladiators. In the even larger Circus Maximus, some 260,000 gathered to cheer charioteers as they raced around a perilously tight track.

These brutal spectacles were usually staged by the Government, and one of their chief purposes was to divert the menacing hordes of Roman unemployed, who at times numbered over 100,000. According to various dour commentators, these idle Romans were interested in only 2 things: bread from the public dole, and circuses. Eventually, as emperors continued to proclaim festive occasions, more than half of the days of the year became holidays. Though Roman intellectuals were shocked by the carnage, the poor found the spectacles an outlet for passions that might otherwise have been turned against the state. 

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Boscoreale Frescoes of the villa of P. Fannius Synistor

Boscoreale was located north of Pompeii and was destroyed in the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. The frescoes of and the villa itself were buried under volcanic ash. Not only was the discovery of these frescoes important is preserving part of Roman antiquity, but they show the artistic movement of the Second Period in Roman fresco painting, as well as highlight the affluence lifestyle of this Roman family. 

These pictures were taken my friend (hutchhitched) in our trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC in the spring of 2013. Please do not remove the credit for these pictures if reblogging. Thank you. 

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Some of the lovely tributes to Robin.

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So for Napoleon’s anniversary I decided to make a post with links to a limited selection of books about him. I’m not discovering nothing new, since all of them are on the public domain, but I think a post were they are reunited can be useful for those interested on the napoleonic era. There is much more out there, you only have to search for them, either at the Internet Archive, Google books or Gallica.

- Correspondence

Napoleon’s own writings and letters are, of course, the first source if you are interested in his personality. Under the Second Empire, an attempt was made to publish Napoleon’s entire correspondence. This edition is available online, but it’s a censored one. A complete correspondence, including the letters which weren’t considered appropiate for the first one, is currently going under publication. The same goes for his letters to Josephine,submitted to censorship since 1833, when Hortense reunited a limited number of them in two volumes, of course without the too intimate bits (there is an integral, uncensored edition published in 1981, but not available online).

- The Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène:

  • French editions of 1823, 18401842,
  • English edition, 1836: Volume I, II, III, IV.
  • Spanish edition (a.k.a Diario de la Isla de Santa Helena), Volume I, II, III, IV, V-VI, VII
  • Italian edition (Memoriale di Sant’Elena), Volume I , II,III

-More about Saint-Helena

- Childhood and youth

- Memoirs.

Certain fictional doctor said it for me: Everyone lies. Yes, you’ll have to remember this when reading memoirs from the napoleonic era. Frequently ghostwritten or published decades after the events, they must not be relied blindly. Some of them are apologetic, some of them pathologically hostile, and a bunch of their authors created myths that seem impossible to debunk. This is a selection:

(Also feel free to add your own links!)

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The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - Orson Welles

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"Journey to the West - Havoc in Heaven"  Gongbi (Lianhuanhua)

by Liu Jiyou

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