Sunday, January 3, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #61

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Ziony Zevit, distinguished professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University in California, argues the Biblical story has been wrongly interpreted since a mistranslation confused rib with baculum, or penis bone.

Gary Powers: The U2 spy pilot the US did not love at BBC
Steven Spielberg's most recent movie, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of a Cold War prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and the US. The deal allowed US spy plane pilot Gary Powers to return home - but once there he faced a chorus of criticism.

Pair Aims to Scrap the Gregorian Calendar by 2017 at Discovery
Two scientists from Johns Hopkins University hope we’ll all be using a new calendar by 2017, one in which dates would occur on the same day of the week every year. My birthday would forever be on a Tuesday. Nope.

The finds reveal a vast trading network befitting an international city with a history spanning 1,000 years from the seventh century BC. Dr Ross Thomas, the British Museum curator who leads the project, believes Naukratis should now be viewed as “the Hong Kong of its era”.

Palmyra arch that survived Isis to be replicated in London and New York at The Guardian
Copies of 15-metre Temple of Bel entrance in Syria to be built in Trafalgar Square and Times Square in ‘gesture of defiance’ against ISIS.

Deported to Birkenau at 15, Marceline Loridan-Ivens  last saw her father in the camps before he was murdered at Auschwitz. Now 87, with failing eyesight and a renewed dread about Jewish life in Europe, Marceline Loridan-Ivens believes that the lessons of World War II are not being forgotten, because “these lessons were never learned.”

Fossil hunters flock to Jurassic coast after cliff fall at Telegraph
Bad weather washed part of the cliff in Charmouth, Dorset, into the sea, attracting scores of enthusiasts in search of souvenirs

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