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Unraveling the Enigmatic Event that Plunged New England into Nighttime Darkness, recorded in 1780 by George Washington in his journal

‘It may be the Day of Judgment or it may not. If it is not, there is no reason for a postponement; if it is, I choose to be found fulfilling my duty. Therefore, I want candles to be brought’. This is the famous phrase uttered by Abraham Davenport, a member of the Governor’s Council […]

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Singerie, the pictorial genre originated in Middle Ages depicting monkeys imitating human behavior

Reading the title of this article, more than one may wonder what madness this is, but seeing the accompanying images will understand it better… unless you run off in search of a psychiatrist. Jokes aside, since the Modern Age, it became fashionable among painters to create paintings with scenes of everyday life (playing cards, going […]

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The Lady of Arintero, the young woman who posed as a man to fight for Isabella I of Castile

We wrote on other occasions about women who had a more or less prominent role in warfare. We’ve seen Vikings, Welsh, Bretons, and, in short, individuals from various nationalities, including several Spanish women. Today, we’ll focus on the national women, recalling the story of the Lady of Arintero, the daughter of a Leonese noble who, […]

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Who were the Patricians?, the aristocratic class that Romulus created to lead ancient Rome

“Said of a person: belonging to the upper class” or “Individual who, due to birth, wealth, and virtues, stands out among his fellow citizens.” According to dictionary, these are the usual meanings today for the word “patrician” … unless we are talking about ancient Rome, in which case the term refers to a person “who […]

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From Principate to Dominate: When Roman Emperors Became Boastful Autocrats

The history of Rome is often divided into three basic phases: Monarchy, Republic, and Empire. However, historiographical terms have been introduced to detail more specific stages. For example, the Empire can be subdivided into Principate and Dominate. The Principate corresponds to the period from the rise to power of Augustus (27 BCE) to Diocletian (284 […]

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The Last Descendants of the Byzantine Emperors Settled on the Caribbean Island of Barbados

The French adventurer Victor Hughes, featured in Alejo Carpentier’s novel The Century of Lights, recounts in a passage some of the wonders he has seen in his travels, including “in Barbados, the tomb of a nephew of Constantine XI, the last emperor of Byzantium, whose ghost appears on stormy nights to solitary wanderers…“. He refers […]