Cartouche Of the five royal titularies it was the prenomen, the throne name, also referred to as the, and the "Son of Ra" titulary, the so-called nomen, the name given at birth, which were enclosed by a cartouche. At times amulets were given the form of a cartouche displaying the name of a king and placed in tombs. Such items are often important to archaeologists for dating the tomb and its contents. Cartouches were formerly only worn by Pharaohs. The oval surrounding their name was meant to protect them from evil spirits in life and after death. The cartouche has become a symbol representing good luck and protection from evil . Egyptians believed that one who had their name recorded somewhere would not disappear after death.
John Green’s Crash Course in World History Former mental_floss writers John and Hank Green have started a new nerdy thing on YouTube, and it's pretty great: Crash Course is a series of educational videos covering World History (John) and Biology (Hank). The production values are high (including animation, HD, all that good stuff), and each video is about ten minutes long. My favorites so far are John's videos on World History -- he promises a 40-part series (co-written with his high school history teacher), though only three parts have been posted so far. 5 Good Resources for Historical Maps Today I got an email from one of my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile learning asking about some historical map resources to use in the social studies course he is teaching. I checked my archive and compiled this short list. 1- David Rumsey map collection The historical map collection has over 43,000 maps and images online.
Egyptian hieroglyphs Etymology History and evolution Hieroglyphs emerged from the preliterate artistic traditions of Egypt. 12 Things You Might Not Know About the Dust Bowl In the 1930s, the United States faced one of its greatest natural disasters. The farmers in the High Plains had turned over too much soil too fast, leaving over 100 million acres stripped of its native Buffalo Grass and barren of crop. Combine this with one of the driest summers on record and you have what came to be known as the Dirty Thirties. 1. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, a governor from Oklahoma (one of the hardest hit states), ran for President in 1932 under the platform "Bread, Butter, Bacon, Beans."
40 more maps that explain the world Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy.
Ephesus Ephesus (/ˈɛfəsəs/; Greek: Ἔφεσος Ephesos; Turkish: Efes) was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.
Isabella of France Isabella of France "No man ever excited her resentment who did not perish under its effect;the king himself forming no exception to this fact." Queen Isabella, the infamous "She-Wolf of France", was born in 1295 in... well, France. The daughter of the French King Philip le Bel and descended from the great Norman asskicker William the Conqueror, Isabella's destiny was to be far more exciting and bloody than that of most Medieval noblewomen – her crazy, insane life smashing peoples' asses across the British countryside would include giant booze-laden parties, face-crushing vengeance, and wild monkey sex, and by the time she was done she would be forever remembered as the only Queen of England to ever order the execution of the English King.
Mapping History - Hundreds of Animated and interactive maps of historical events and eras Mapping History contains hundreds animated and interactive maps from key events in the history's of the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. The U.S. maps are sorted chronologically and by event or era. The European maps section is categorized more by topic and appears to be still under construction. The Latin America section is sorted into three regions (Caribbean, Central America, South America) and there are four African maps, each one shows the continent's division and political borders at various points of history.