History for the Rest of Us

Scalae Gemoniæ

Scalae Gemoniæ

Dec 22, 2012

The Scalae Gemoniæ was a flight of steps leading up to the Capitoline past the carcer, on which the bodies of certain criminals, who had been executed, were thrown and left exposed for a time — a frequent practice during the empire. They are often mentioned, first under Tiberius, and are called scalae Gemoniæ, …gradus gemitorii, and…gradus Gemonii....

Birth of Jesus Christ

Birth of Jesus Christ

Dec 22, 2012

The Birth of Jesus as recorded in the ‘The Gospel According to St. Luke’ King James version of the Bible: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city....

Constitution of the Iroquois Nations

Constitution of the Iroquois Nations

Dec 19, 2012

The Gayanashagowa, the Great Binding Law, or Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Six Nations is an oral constitution which created the Iroquois Confederacy. It was developed by The Great Peacemaker, a Huron man, and his spokesman Hiawatha. Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: THE GREAT BINDING LAW, GAYANASHAGOWA 1. I am Dekanawidah and with the Five...

The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

Dec 18, 2012

On December 18, 1964 the first animated Pink Panther short, The Pink Phink appeared. The short would be the first time an animation studio would win an Academy Award for Animated Short Film with their first release. The short was released by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and, of course, had for its soundtrack the legendary Pink Panther theme song by Henry...

Consualia and the Sabine Women

Consualia and the Sabine Women

Dec 15, 2012

The Consualia Festival was held twice a year, on August 21st and December 15th. CONSUALIA [was] a festival, with games, celebrated by the Romans…in honour of Consus, the god of secret deliberations, or…of Neptunus Equestris. Plutarch…say[s] that Neptunus Equestris and Consus were only different names for one and the same deity. It was...