aph: history

Antisemitism and THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE – Katherine Locke – Medium
TW: Antisemitism. A lot of it. And a dash of homophobia to top it all off.
By Katherine Locke

I think it’s important that those of you who are interested in writing main characters who experience a marginalization outside your own take a peek at this article by @bibliogato. Trigger warning for extensive discussion of the Holocaust including quotes about dashing Nazi uniforms.

There are a lot of “don’ts” in here, some minor, some thematic. 

The Chimera of Arezzo, an Etruscan bronze dating to 400 BCE. Homer described the chimera as a creature, “not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle” that breathed fire. A fire-breathing lioness also appears in Egyptian mythology and may be the origin of this idea.

I just had to submit Arthur Phillip, (11 October 1738 – 31 August 1814) the first Governor of New South Wales. He founded the British penal colony that would eventually become the city of Sydney. If like me you watched the miniseries “Banished” you’ll know Phillip was portrayed most superbly by gorgeous David Wenham. The real Phillip was even more awesome. The colonialism of Australia by the west and its impact on native cultures isn’t viewed favourably today. Because of this it’s easy to forget that Phillip formed a remarkable friendship with an Eora man called Bennelong, and took him to visit England. Phillip ordered that the Eora people must be well-treated, and that anyone killing Aboriginals would be hanged. He also resolved to try to reform as well as to discipline the convicts transported from Britain. He pardoned several of them for good conduct. Despite being in charge of a penal colony, Phillip hated slavery.

He famously wrote, when preparing for the expedition of the First Fleet, that ‘there shall be no slavery in a free land’.

Phillip was given the name Wolawaree by the Eora. He built a hut for Bennelong on the site where the Sydney Opera House currently stands. His first wife Margaret was 17 years his senior, but his second wife Isabella was over 10 years his junior.

Here in England an annual service of remembrance is held on Phillip’s birthdate by the Britain–Australia Society to commemorate his life.

A worthy history crush in my opinion!

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May 27, 1917 - 30,000 French Soldiers Mutiny, Leaving Trenches and Heading for Paris

Pictured - La grève contre la guerre.

Thirty thousand French troops refused orders on May 27 and left their trenches. On the front at the Chemin des Dames, where the Nivelle Offensive had failed at the beginning of the month, these 30,000 striking soldiers headed into the army rear, seizing billets and buildings inhabited by their officers in Soissons and other nearby towns. Their ultimate objective: Paris. The following day, they seized a railway station at Fère-en-Tardenois. Trains were prevented from leaving, but suddenly the French government had a massively worrying situation on its hands.


Peralta Hacienda, East Oakland, CA. by melystu
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Metamorphic rock core at the heart of a mountain range surrounded by onlapping sedimentary rocks, in cross section view, before the concept of plate tectonics by more than 100 years.

pittslibraryA double foldout showing an ideal section of earth’s crust in color. William Buckland, Geologie und Mineralogie (Bern, 1838).