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A 1948 Norman Timbs Special. [Sep. 26th, 2016|09:52 pm]
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To celebrate the debate. Hint: The monkey is orange. [Sep. 26th, 2016|09:43 pm]
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Future of Hitler's birth house under debate [Sep. 25th, 2016|06:23 pm]
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The Austrian parliament is anticipated to approve in October a proposal to expropriate Adolf Hitler's birth house. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889.

The building has sat empty since 2011, drawing Nazi sympathizers from around the world.

The head of the archives of the Austrian Nazi Resistance, Gerhard Baumgartner, told Austria's Radio O1 that demolishing the building could still attract neo-Nazis.

"We must put something there that nobody would want to photograph themselves in front of -- a supermarket, a charity store or a fire station," he suggested.

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Five myths about the Middle Ages [Sep. 25th, 2016|05:51 pm]
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Myth No. 1
Christianity and Islam were constantly in conflict.

Myth No. 2
Everyone deferred to religious authority.

Myth No. 3
Europeans in the Middle Ages were white and Christian.

Myth No. 4
Everyone thought the Earth was flat.

Myth No. 5
These were the ‘Dark Ages.’

In reality, the conception of the Middle Ages as the “Dark Ages” began with the Enlightenment. These 17th- and 18th-century thinkers started considering how adherence to religion defined the ages of history. Before Christianity was “antiquity” (for them, good). The spread of Christianity was the “middle age” (bad). Then came the Renaissance revival of classical learning, when religion was cast off, beginning the modern world (good). Anything that held back that modern world was regressive, therefore “medieval.” Aristocracy held back equality, while the church held back science, and so on.

True, the Middle Ages contained violence, repression and terror. But those years also saw the creation of artistic marvels, the birth of the university, breakthroughs in the natural sciences and literature that still moves the soul. Modernity is no different.

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11 facts you may not have known about Roman gladiators [Sep. 25th, 2016|02:43 pm]
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1. According to modern scholarly interpretations, the gladiatorial games were perhaps vehicles of social control and functioned to distract the populus from recognizing their diminished autonomy under imperial rule.

2. The educated elite opposed the gladiatorial events and saw them as mass entertainment for the lower classes.

3. Jews and Christians were likewise seemingly unconcerned about the victims of arena violence.

4. Gladiators were regarded as infames (people of bad reputation).

5. Despite this, gladiators were the sex symbols of their day. 

6. Some gladiators were honored with monuments.

7. Not all gladiators were men. It is not clear if women ever fought in the arena, but there is evidence that suggests female gladiators did exist.

8. Gladiatorial bouts were originally part of funeral ceremonies.

9. Gladiators were (mostly) recruited and trained, much like athletes are today.

10. Death was an acceptable outcome, but not an inevitable result, of gladiatorial
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11. The gladiatorial games were officially banned by Constantine in 325 CE.

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Picasso | Child with tadpoles [Sep. 24th, 2016|10:01 pm]
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nacropoli di spina museo archeologico nazionale di ferrara [Sep. 22nd, 2016|10:36 pm]
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Jeff Koons [Sep. 20th, 2016|10:40 pm]
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Tulips

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Anthill [Sep. 20th, 2016|10:24 pm]
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Marianne Von Werefkin, 1916

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Picasso | Night fishing at Antibes [Sep. 19th, 2016|09:13 pm]
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I don't remember the colors being so vibrant.

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