History Girls

During the reign of Amenhotep III (c.1391 – c.1354 BC), Egypt reached a peak in both political power and cultural achievement. He began his reign at the age of 12 with his mother, Mutemwia, acting as regent until he came of age. Tuthmosis IV, his father left him a considerable empire that stretched from the Euphrates to the Sudan.

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Avram Lewin was a Belgian rope maker who was taken prisoner and kept in Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War Two. In April 1945, a few weeks after Buchenwald was liberated by US forces, Lewin was interviewed along with other survivors. According his interviewer (speaking almpost 50 years later), like all former prisoners of the camp he was extremely under weight, he spoke in monotone and he never smiled.

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Procopius of Caesarea (c.490/507- c.560) was a writer and a counsel to the great general, Belisarius, who he fought for on many military campaigns. He wrote several official histories from the time of Emperor Justinian and a ‘Secret History’, (which remained unpublished until after his death), in which he was critical of the Emperor, his wife Theodora and the nobility. He starts the work with a blistering attack on the wife of General Belisarius;

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This tragic love story was written around the first century CE and is often (probably mistakenly) attributed to the Greek historian Plutarch. It comes from a set of five tales that deal with some of the darker issues surrounding love such as, as in this story, jealousy, revenge and death.

“At Haliartus, in Boeotia, there was a girl of remarkable beauty, named Aristocleia, the daughter of Theophanes. She was wooed by Strato of Orchomenus and Callisthenes of Haliartus. Strato was the richer and was rather the more violently in love with the maiden; for he had seen her in Lebadeia bathing at the fountain called Hercynê in preparation for carrying a basket in a sacred procession in honour of Zeus the King. But Callisthenes had the advantage, for he was a blood-relation of the girl.

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This is an account of the trials at the Old Bailey heard on the 8 September, 1719 as reported in ‘The British Gazetteer’ four days later;

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{April 6, 2011}   Edutainment: History

Anne was the last of the Stuart monarchs, and the first sovereign of Great Britain. Anne was born on 6 February 1665 in London, the second daughter of James, Duke of York, brother of Charles II.

She spent her early years in France living with her aunt and grandmother. Although Anne’s father was a Catholic, on the instruction of Charles II Anne and her sister Mary were raised as Protestants. In 1683, Anne married Prince George of Denmark. It was to be a happy marriage, although marred by Anne’s frequent miscarriages, still births and the death of children in infancy.

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Slavery was abolished in Britain in 1833 and by the early 1860s had begun to be made illegal in an increasing number of states in America. However despite the legalities, the lucrative trade continued in both countries prompting the signing of a Treaty between United States and Great Britain for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. The agreement was signed in Washington on April 7, 1862 and proclaimed three months later by the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln…

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I. I was living pleasantly, serenely and peacefully
the day that Love entered my heart,
for I neither loved nor was loved,
nor did I feel any ill or injury from love.
Now I do not know what love is or what it is all about,
for I am in love with a lady who does not love me at all,
and yet, all that I possess I have from her
and I would have the whole world from her if it were mine.

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The Attack by Fire

1. Sun Tzu said: There are five ways of attacking with fire.

1. The first is to burn soldiers in their camp;
2. the second is to burn stores;
3. the third is to burn baggage trains;
4. the fourth is to burn arsenals and magazines;
5. the fifth is to hurl dropping fire amongst the enemy.

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{April 4, 2011}   Music

There are an enormous number of musicians and dancers depicted in temples and tombs from all periods of Egypt’s dynastic history. Miraculously hundreds of these instruments have survived and were recovered from their ancient tombs.

These priceless ancient instruments have found homes in museums and private collections around the world. Many of these instruments have survived because they were individually wrapped in cloths and preserved in the same tradition as the mummification of their deceased.

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