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Ancient Greek Conception of the Shape of the World?

Feb. 14th, 2010 | 03:18 am
posted by: dave_littler in europe_history

So here's a bit of an esoteric question.

In the days of classical Greek mythology, how did the Greeks conceptualize the shape of the world? Do we even know? Is it something that there was any consensus on that was recorded and passed down to us? When I think of ancient concepts on this topic, I envision the classic "flat earth" disc shape, but I have no idea whether or not this has any bearing on what the ancient Greeks believed.

Believe it or not, this isn't entirely idle curiosity. Any help would be appreciated.

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Aug. 20th, 2009 | 02:36 am
posted by: dave_littler in europe_history

I recall being told by my father, many years ago, that there is or was a rank in the British navy which could only be attained by someone of royal blood. I've spent the past half hour googling around, looking for information on this, but to no avail. It's possible I'm mis-remembering what I was told, that I misunderstood it at the time, or that he was simply wrong.

Regardless, if this rank does or once did exist, I'd like to be able to reference it accurately in a story I'm writing (where fortunately this matter plays a trivial part).

Can anyone shed any light on this matter?

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Kings and Queens of England

Jul. 27th, 2009 | 06:25 am
posted by: dave_littler in europe_history

I was wondering: Are there any circumstances under which England could have a king and queen simultaneously, and if so, what might those circumstances be? I was thinking just now about the fact that Queen Elizabeth is married to "Prince" Phillip, Queen Victoria was married to "Prince" Albert, and I've realized I have no idea how royal rank and succession works in this sense. This embarrasses me somewhat, given that, as a Canadian, I'm technically a subject of the royal family.

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Excerpt: Who Is To Blame for Bosnian War?

Apr. 9th, 2008 | 03:22 am
posted by: steveokeefe in europe_history

I have permission from Amacom Books to distribute an excerpt from the new book, "NOT MY TURN TO DIE: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia," by Savo Heleta. The author was 13 years old when the siege of his home town of Gorazde, Bosnia, began in 1992.

Ethnically Serbs, the Heleta family was in the difficult position of living in a Muslim city under constant attack by Serbian forces. The book is a nonstop chronicle of terror as the family is locked in a detention center, starved out, burned out, and facing the risk of death on an almost daily basis.

The excerpt I am distributing is called, "Muslims or Serbs: Who Is To Blame?" The excerpt shows how difficult it is to attach blame, as Muslim families come to the aid of the Heleta family and Serb forces threaten their lives. Savo Heleta pins the blame for atrocities in Gorazde, not on the Muslim army, but on the local police chief and mayor who make no attempt to hide their desire to murder every Serb in Gorazde.

The excerpt from NOT MY TURN TO DIE is available at the following URL:

If you prefer, I can send it to you as a text file or PDF -- send mailto:stevokeefe@bellsouth.net with the subject line, "Send Heleta" and I'll reply with the attachment.

Thanks for considering this difficult material.

For Amacom Books

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Upper Macedonia

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 02:30 pm
posted by: desniza in europe_history

FYROM’s efforts to usurp the historical legacy of the ancient Macedonians may have irked Greeks, but the main issue at hand is the geopolitical one. The modern-day region of Macedonia is multiethnic. It is not the homeland of just one nation and the ethnic groups that reside within it have the right to use the term Macedonia in an ethno-geographical sense (Greek Macedonians, Slav Macedonians, Bulgaro-Macedonians, and so on).

But Skopje is presenting Macedonia as the homeland of a non-existent “Macedonian nation” and, by extension, “Aegean Macedonia” as being under Greek occupation. The name is their only way to legitimize what they purport to be a “partitioned Macedonian nation.”

The issue at hand, therefore, is not to settle for any composite name but to impose a composite name that reflects reality. A name such as Slavo-Macedonia would be wrong because of the Albanian minority in the country, whereas a geographically descriptive name such as Upper Macedonia, is more acceptable.

North Macedonia is not necessarily wrong, but it has the problem of being associated with divided nations such as Korea and Vietnam. Then there’s New Macedonia, a proposal intended to distinguish FYROM from ancient Macedonia. But “New” connotes a tie with rather than a contradistinction with ancient Macedonia.

The opposition (except for the LAOS party) sees Upper Macedonia as a solid basis for negotiations. So far, the Karamanlis government has made the right moves and the results are already visible on an international level. If Skopje sees that Athens will not waver from its course, it will be obliged to choose between the fantasy of a “greater Macedonia” on the one hand, and the very tangible benefits of NATO membership soon and EU membership in the future.

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Ancient Greek naming conventions

Oct. 11th, 2007 | 06:22 am
posted by: dave_littler in europe_history

I need to create, for a story I'm working on, a few characters from Greece, circa 37 BCE. I was wondering if anyone here has any advice on resources I can draw upon to get a sense of the sorts of names that were common in that time and place. Specifically, I need to come up with names for an old blacksmith (would that even be the word for it back then?), and his son's daughter. 

Any assistance rendered would be appreciated.

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950th jubilee celebration of the world - famous Ostromir Gospel

Jul. 14th, 2007 | 05:49 pm
posted by: desniza in europe_history

On May, 12th, 2007 950 years from that day when the scribe deacon Gregory has written on parchment aprakos Gospel Book for the city governor (posadnik) of Novgorod, Ostromir (hence the name of the book), were executed exactly. In the Institute of the Russian language named after V.V. Vinogradov (Russian Academy of Sciences) took place Cyrillo-Methodianum Readings, dedicated to the anniversary of the the earliest dated East Slavic book.
Addressing to opening of ceremonial session of the Academic Council of the Institute of the Russian language, corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences A.M. Moldovan has noted, that the anniversary forum reflects that interest which the Ostromir Gospel represents for historians, philologists, art critics and representatives of other areas of scientific knowledge. In the reports presented on Readings the new data about this unique manuscript have been reflected.
E.M. Vereschagin's report (Institute of the Russian language) has been devoted to the value of the Ostromir Gospel for a modern condition of Russian literary language. According to the lecturer, this earliest surviving dated Russian handwritten book remains a tuning fork of Russian literary language.
In E.S. Smirnova's report (The State Institute of art-critique) "The niniatures of the Ostromir Gospel: features of a composition" have been offered the art criticism analysis with the attraction of the Carolingian’s analogies, allowed to draw a conclusion about the West-European sources of the unique miniatures of this monument.
O.G. Uliyanov (St. Andrey Rublev’s Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art) in the report placed for doubt the existing opinion on the primary acceptance in the Russian Church of the worship rules of Constantinople origins. Based on the example of the Menologium of the Ostromir Gospel the lecturer has cited the new data, which attest to the fact that Russian divine service in the end of X - the middle of XI centuries has tested essential influence of the Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre Typicon. The source of  the liturgical tradition of the Russian Church, by O.G.Ulyanov's opinion, became the Patriarchate of Antioch.
In a finishing part of the forum it has noted been, that though the Ostromir Gospel is located in the field of the sight of scientists already more than 200 years, it is far from studied; therefore the future promises to us still numerous scientific discoveries.
Based on materials of the Press-service of Institute of the Russian language (Russian Academy of Sciences)
"The Church Bulletin", June, 12th (361) 2007
© "The Church Bulletin", 2002-2006

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Jun. 7th, 2007 | 12:49 pm
mood: stressedstressed
posted by: togechan in europe_history

I have this Spanish Civil War ten-page essay due tomorrow (which I've been working on for about a week and a half), but I've only completed 4 pages, since almost all the places I've found talk about exactly the same things, and lacks one of most important points my history teacher wants in this report.

Anyone know where I can find detailed information about the International Brigades (especially Mexico's involvement)?

It'd also be nice to hear your opinions of the Spanish Civil War.

Thanks in advance~

EDIT: Thanks a lot people! <3

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Mystery Port (European)

May. 21st, 2007 | 11:45 pm
posted by: ptitza in europe_history

One more time hoping for help in identifying this port (or at least the country). Late XIX - early XX c. There are some outstanding buildings, one with a portico, another looks like a Town Hall. Buildings on the right bear signs: "COALS JB VIAL CHARBONS" and "CARBONS A. TONIETTI COALS".

Many thanx!

Update. Thanx everyone! We figured it is Nice, France (or Nizza).

Close-ups and possibly another viewCollapse )

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May. 19th, 2007 | 01:13 pm
posted by: ptitza in europe_history

I am trying to identify these city (cities) from my friend's album. Nothing is known about them, except that his great-grandmother took her ill daughter to Switzerland and stayed there for several years. So perhaps this is Switzerland, but may be not. The building next to the bridge reads: Hotel "Rheineck".

I believe that the fountain and the bridge are very unique, so I am hopeful :) Please click to enlarge photos.

Thanx a lot!

update Someone thiks it's Germany, "Rhine cities", perhaps Köln, Düsseldorf etc.

User ambermae helped identify them. Thank you!Collapse )

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