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Another high-quality fresco has been discovered in the house where the fresco depicting the myth of Leda and the Swan was discovered last November in Pompeii. This one was found in the atrium and depicts the myth of Narcissus. The vain hunter is depicted staring at his handsome visage reflected in the pool of water beneath him. He is entranced and cannot be budged despite his hunting [...]

Fri, Feb 15, 2019
Source: The History Blog
On A Limb

Jane Draycott

The classical world created a variety of means of mobility for the disabled – both mythical and real. [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019
Source: History Today

The tradition of giving cards to loved ones on Valentine's Day in Britain was already established in the 1700s. Handmade billet doux were sent anonymously or hinting at the identity of the lover. By the 1820s, 200,000 valentines were given yearly in London. That number exploded when reforms to the Royal Mail ushered in a uniform rate of one penny to send letters of less than half an ounce from and to any post office [...]

Thu, Feb 14, 2019
Source: The History Blog

Putto with Dolphin, a bronze sculpture by 15th century master Andrea del Verrocchio, is undergoing much-needed restoration in time for a landmark exhibition of Verocchio's work. This is the first scientific conservation the Putto will have ever undergone, which is remarkable considering it spent the first 500 years of its life outdoors.

The polished bronze depicts a chubby winged boy standing on one leg on a half-sphere. In his arms he [...]

Wed, Feb 13, 2019
Source: The History Blog
Goulash

Alexander Lee

Though long established as the national dish of Hungary, its origins lie with the rootless, itinerant stockmen who roamed the plains of medieval Mitteleuropa. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
Source: History Today

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