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  • Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon April 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon

    Pheidippides is a bit player in history. A fifth-century Greek who allegedly ran the original marathon. First, though some background to help situate one of the fastest men in the ancient world. In 490, perhaps in early September, Athens found itself in trouble. The Persian Emperor, Darius, resented the fact that Athens had helped the Ionian city states […]

    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin's Threesome

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mad Obedience: Germany (i’d love this article if anyone can help?) 2) A Book That Wouldn’t Write Itself: Germany 3) Self surgery: Antarctica 4) Fake Shock: Egypt 5) Vandals: Florence 6) Wheel Deal: Colonial Williamsburg 7) Early Modern Camel: Germany 8) Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome: California and from the archives 9) Parrots of […]

    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge

    From Natator’s defeat to the churlish Fish Man in the spring of 1871 it was all down hill, and the slope was steep and full of briars and stones: some readers might want to spare themselves the unhappy denoument and click away at this point. OK, well you’ve been warned. In June 1871, doubtless desperate […]

    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand

    Today’s links follow. 1) When Men Stopped Breeding: Neolithic [amazing if confirmed] 2) Hidden Message in Tomb: Spain 3) Richard III Cartoon: UK 4) Capital from the Air: Mayans 5) What You Might Wear in 1785: Comic 6) Earliest Slave Portrait: US 7) Stolen Yeti Hand: Tibet and from the archives 8) Against Mary Beard […]

    The Failure of Appeasement April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Failure of Appeasement

    Appeasement is the policy of giving smiles, kisses and gifts to neighbours to prevent war. In some moments of history it has worked (Dane-geld and Roman bribery beyond the frontiers); in some periods it has failed. A conspicuous example of a failure is the attempt by Britain to stroke its European friends and enemies into […]

    Beachcombed 58 April 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 58

    Dear Reader, Tortoises are now out, general celebration. Just a couple more weeks of class and onto summer research. Beach needs to apologise for not getting to all the emails yet, a visit from Beach mater from the Dominions meant that there were other more important things going on. Thanks, as always, to the multiple […]

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