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#21 Rufus Tullius

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:20 PM

Yoda From 'Star Wars' Found in a Medieval Manuscript
The Yoda image comes from a 14th-century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals. I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler. It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:22 PM

Ancient Greek manuscripts reveal life lessons from the Roman empire 
Ever been unsure about how to deal with a drunken family member returning from an orgy? A collection of newly translated textbooks aimed at Greek speakers learning Latin in the ancient world might hold the solution.

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 12:56 PM



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Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:24 PM




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To Cluck or not to Cluck, that is the question...

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:39 PM





What is Mona Lisa smiling at?
Something a little scientific.  :happy: 
The effect, evident in both paintings, was achieved by using the sfumato (which means "soft" or "pale" in Italian) technique, which uses color and shading to create an optical illusion around the mouths.

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:56 PM





Roland, court minstrel to 12th century English king Henry II, probably had many talents.

But history has recorded only one.

Referred to variously Rowland le Sarcere, Roland le Fartere, Roland le Petour, and Roland the Farter, Roland really had a single job in the court: Every Christmas, during the court’s riotous pageant, he performed a dance that ended with “one jump, one whistle, and one fart”, executed simultaneously.

Farting in the Middle Ages was a more complicated act than in this century. Then, as now, Allen said, much of the humor in farts had to do with anxiety over uncontrollable bodies and the hilarious reminder that everyone, even the loftiest in feudal society, couldn’t escape them. But there was a more sober, philosophical side to medieval farts, one that isn’t so evident today. “[Gas] is the product of decomposition, so morally, theologically, a lot of the writers in the Middle Ages saw it as the mark of death,” she says, “There was a lot of moralization about farts and shit, that they are the living daily reminder that we are going to die and that’s all we are, we are mortal, and sinful as well.”




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Posted 05 September 2016 - 07:45 AM

20+ Art History Tweets That Prove Nothing Has Changed In 100s Of Years

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