Category Archives: historical

Greek Drama

It is the morning of the first day of the City Dionysia.  The event takes place in Athens, a city state on what is now mainland Greece. It is one of the most powerful cities in the Ancient world. This … Continue reading

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Mausoleum: The face behind the stone

She challenges Penelope, the loyal wife of Odysseus, for the role of faithful companion. Some ancient texts claim she drank the ashes of her cremated husband in tribute. In history, Artemisia is known for creating a palatial monument for her … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Books

My mother hated cleaning, so from a very early age our agreement was that if I took responsibility of housekeeper, she would read to me.  For about ten years, our arrangement exposed me to many classics. The size of our … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Colour: Vermilion

I credit Richard II for my most recent research project.  If he hadn’t been wearing a cloak painted with Vermilion kneeling before the Lapis Lazuli enrobed Madonna, in the famous Wilton diptych, I would never have started my exploration.  I … Continue reading

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Grandfather’s Journal 1916

Shortly after I had arrived at Barnet the weather became colder and one clear frosty, Sunday morning Dick came and informed us all that there was ice on Totteridge Long Pond. Mrs. Lattimer readily gave me permission to spend the … Continue reading

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