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Cleopatra’s Sister

The tomb? Everyone knows of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.  Abd everyone seems to love Game of Thrones.  History is rife with the struggles between kin for the crown.  I’ve written about one or two of these dynastic struggles, the … Continue reading

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Akhenaten – Monotheist and Scientist – A Re-Post

“How many are your deeds, though hidden from sight. O sole God without equal ! You made the Earth as You desired, You alone. With people, cattle, and all creatures. With everything upon Earth that walks on legs, and all … Continue reading

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What Did It Mean To Be a Roman Citizen?

Back in April of 2017 I put up a post entitled “Learning from the Gracchi,” a couple of brothers from ancient Roman history whom some have labelled “the first socialists.”  While reforms instituted by the Gracchi brothers as they each … Continue reading

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Rhode Island and the Coming of Religious Liberty – A Re-Post

Touro Synagogue – Newport Rhode Island – founded by 15 Jewish families arriving in Rhode Island from Barbados in 1658.  It is the oldest synagogue in America. “To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may … Continue reading

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Rasputin – Part I of II

ov Everyone has heard of Rasputin.  Well perhaps not if you are a recent product of the American public school system.  Rasputin has been dead now about a century and six months or so.  Not exactly  ancient history.   He … Continue reading

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Photo post-card of the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, photographed at the Imperial Palace. The Qizlar Agha, was one of the most powerful and sometimes the richest men in the Ottoman Empire until 1908. He supervised … Continue reading

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Gina Haspel and CIA Torture

The Dark Side So Gina Haspel, Emperor Trump’s nominee to head the C.I.A. went before a Senate Committee a few days ago. These folks, charged to advise and consent to the fitness of the candidate to hold this office asked … Continue reading

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