History

October 17, 2017

Scholars Decipher 3,200-Year-Old Hieroglyphic Inscription

In 1878, villagers in the small Turkish village of Beyköy discovered a 14-inch (35-cm) tall and 95-foot-long limestone frieze filled with hieroglyphic inscriptions of an unknown language. It would take 70 years before scholars could even read the language, which is now known as Luwian. And now, 3,200 years after its creation, scholars have deciphered the meaning of the frieze.

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September 12, 2017

Mathew Brady, the Story of the Man Who Photographed the Civil War

A defining moment in American history, the Civil War is an event that still resonants across the country today. And thanks to one man, we are able to have a first-hand view into what life was like in camp and on the field. Known as the father of photojournalism, we can thank Mathew Brady for exposing the American public to the effects of war for the first time through photography.

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August 20, 2017

The Unique History and Exquisite Aesthetic of Japan’s Ethereal Woodblock Prints

Celebrated for their one-of-a-kind process and distinctive aesthetic, woodblock prints have become a widely recognized and iconic form of Japanese art. Along with paintings, prints produced from the 17th century through the 19th century captured the spirit of ukyio-e, a genre that presented “pictures of the floating world” to the public. Here, we explore these Japanese woodblock prints, paying particular attention to their fascinating history, age-old techniques, recognizable style, and lasting legacy. History Introduced during China's Han Dynasty (a period lasting from 206 BC–220 AD)

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August 3, 2017

This Traveling Library is the 17th-Century Version of the Kindle

Books have long been considered precious materials, both as sources of learning and hallmarks of a cultured lifestyle. Grand libraries in cities like Prague and Dublin speak to the idea that what holds a piece of literature should be as important as the book itself. An intriguing item at the University of Leeds library demonstrates that even without our modern, advanced technology, people went to lengths in order to keep their precious books close by.

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