Category: Ancient History

The Beard of the Sphinx and the Dream Stele of Thutmose IV

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The following I wrote for a Grad Class, I liked it so much I wanted to share. Things that are not together…but should be… I followed my first instinct and looked at the collection of the British Museum, where a

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​Latin is NOT a dead language!

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Latin is a dead language As dead as it can be It killed all the Romans And now it’s killing me All are dead who wrote it All are dead who spoke it All die who learn it Blessed death

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Observations on my journey reading the Bible cover to cover Part 1

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Observations on my journey reading the Bible cover to cover (Full disclosure: I am listening to it on Audiobook format in a full dramatic cast recording called “The Bible Experience.” The translation the TNIV) I have never read the Bible

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On February 14th we use Chocolates and Flowers to Celebrate the Beheading of St. Valentine… that seems a bit odd…

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On February 14th we use chocolates and flowers to celebrate the beheading of St. Valentine… that seems a bit odd… The Catholic church has, over 2000 years, made every day of the year the feast day of one saint or

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…The Three Kings Arrived

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I am often befuddled when I see neighbors taking down the Christmas decoration before the new year… Often there are statements of “blank slates” and “new starts,” but my reaction is, Christmas is not over! For me, the decorations and

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Hanukkah: An Ancient Holiday Survivor

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I am an unabashed lover of everything Roman, for all they have done that still influences the modern world, but while we may have months named after Roman Emperors, we do not celebrate any of the great Roman feasts. It

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For the Love of Dog

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I was interested in the idea of “universal values” and began looking at examples around the world that show this special connection.  One thing that to me seems fairly universal is the special bond formed between humans and dogs. I

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Why is Easter called Easter?

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The etymology of Christmas is not that hard to see. It is the Christ-Mass. That works. Easter is etymologically weird. The fact that Easter, ostensibly celebrating the resurrection of the Christ, is associated with bunnies and eggs is weirder. As is

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January: A time to look both back and forward like a god with two faces… or why January is the first month of the year

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I have had this little blog for nearly a year, and while I am not producing as much content as I would like, I am immensely proud of what I have written. January is a time to look back at

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The distance between Marathon and Athens is NOT a Marathon. Wait What?

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Statue of Pheidippides, the famous original marathon runner along the road from Marathon to Athens. The story of the Battle of Marathon and its connection to the modern marathon is a wonderful one, and a little bit more complicated that

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