Could You Stomach the Horrors of 'Halftime' in Ancient Rome?
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer by Gérôme
February 4th, 2016
Sure, complain about the music, but modern halftime shows are nothing compared to the horrors witnessed in ancient Rome.
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Samurai Secrets: 1888 Martial Arts Manual for Cops Revealed
19th century japanese martial arts book for police
February 2nd, 2016
The highly guarded martial arts practices are revealed in this 1888 book in which samurai help train police in their techniques, which included how to tie suspects up using paper string and non-lethal ways of fighting.
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Treasures Dug Up by Tomb Robbers Returned to Italy
A couple of recovered artifacts, stolen artifacts
February 4th, 2016
Archaeological treasures — including Etruscan coffins, statues, and busts that were hidden in a Geneva warehouse, likely by a disgraced British art dealer — have found their way back to Italy.
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Michelangelo Worked Despite Arthritic Hands
d Michelangelo by Jacopo del Conte
February 4th, 2016
Prolonged hammering and chiseling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo.
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Marriage Contract Signed by Napoleon Could Sell for $20,000
napoleon signed contract
January 28th, 2016
A marriage contract signed by Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Josephine, will be available for auction — just in time for Valentine's Day.
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Photos: Headless Roman Gladiator Skeletons Identified
A difficult life, roman gladiators
January 28th, 2016
The headless skeletons of men who were likely gladiators in life were found in a cemetery in York. Analyses of the bones has revealed much about the lives of these young men. Here's a look at the decapitated bodies and excavation.
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Photos: Stolen Archaeological Treasures Returned to Italy
restoring history, stolen artifacts
February 4th, 2016
Forty-five boxes of antiquities have been returned to Italy after they were confiscated by Swiss authorities at a warehouse in Geneva. These artifacts were likely dug up by tomb robbers in central Italy, where the Etruscan civilization flourished.
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Photos: 19th-Century Martial Arts for Cops
19th century japanese martial arts book for police
February 3rd, 2016
A book written by samurai in 1888 reveals martial arts practices for police of the day. These highly guarded techniques were revealed in text and illustrations.
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Babylonians Tracked Jupiter with Fancy Math, Tablet Reveals
A newly deciphered Babylonian tablet reveals the path of Jupiter.
January 28th, 2016
For a text that may rewrite the history of mathematics, it looks rather sloppy. A small brown clay tablet that's scrawled with hasty cuneiform characters proves the ancient Babylonians used a complex geometrical model to calculate Jupiter's path.
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