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The Year of the Emperor

by Holly Tucker March 21, 2011
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By Cole Garrett (Vanderbilt University) There are many different ways of telling time and numbering the years across cultures.  Most of us are familiar with the Christian or Western system for numbering the year, split between B.C. and A.D. with the coming of Christ as the major turning point in the history of the human […]

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Cut it off! Eunuchs in Imperial China

by Holly Tucker June 12, 2010
Cut it off! Eunuchs in Imperial China

By Cole Garrett (Vanderbilt University) The Emperors of China (starting from the 6th century BC and lasting until the overthrow of the Emperor and declaration of the republic of China in 1912 AD) used Eunuchs and shrouded themselves in mystery in order to maintain power over their empire. Access to the emperor in Imperial China […]

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Strange Tales and Surprising Facts about Ancient Rome

by Holly Tucker June 2, 2010
Strange Tales and Surprising Facts about Ancient Rome

By James C. McKeown The Romans have a reputation as being a very practical society, building impressive aqueducts with really good cement, while maintaining a ruthlessly efficient army that conquered and maintained a vast empire. They may sometimes seem rather dull and unimaginative, but this is not at all the case. They have left us […]

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