Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (later Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia).
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March 15 2014
Vintage Pro-Choice Photo: WE WILL NOT GO BACK to the days of bloody coathangers!
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March 5 2014
“Thank you for your very amusing review. After reading it I laughed all the way to the bank.”
Pont suspendu à Lou Tin Kiao
Crossing the Luding Bridge over the Dadu River in Luding County, Sichuan, China, circa 1886-1904.
[From the Réunion des Musées Nationaux]
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February 27 2014
This is a list of the greatest female warriors through history. In order to be selected for this list, the woman has had to be someone who fought in battle
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February 27 2014
"I’d like to go to Russia very much…although the bastards murdered half my family"
Renowned somewhat infamously for his controversial remarks, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has been known to touch on subjects close to home. His statement made in 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the then Soviet Union is no exception.
The Duke of Edinburgh lost 12 members of his direct family to the Russian Revolution between 1917 and 1919. From both of his grandmothers, he is able to trace his bloodline through the House of Romanov by several degrees.His grandmother, Queen Olga of the Hellenes was born Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna, a granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I. From her line, Prince Phillip’s great uncle, Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich (pictured top, middle) was shot in January of 1919. Olga’s nephews, Prince Phillip’s first cousins Princes John, Igor and Constantine (pictured, bottom) were thrown down a mineshaft in July of 1918. From his maternal grandmother, his two great aunts were Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, killed in the same mineshaft in July, and the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, murdered in Ekaterinburg, along with the Tsar Nicholas II and their five children.
The weight of this substantial genocide has weighed heavily on His Royal Highness’ shoulders throughout the years. In the 90’s he was able to support his Russian relatives by giving a critical DNA sample that was able to conclusively identify his great aunt and her family by their remains. The Duke’s ( and the Queen’s) cousin Prince Michael, Duke of Kent is also of Romanov relation, a first cousin once removed to the Tsar Nicholas II, and also provided DNA to help in investigations.
96 years after the widespread murder of the last Imperial Russian family, and their royal relatives today protect and value their memory.
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February 27 2014
Roman Gold Snake Bracelet, 1st century AD
The motif of the serpent was very popular from the Hellenistic period to the beginning of the Roman Empire. The open bracelet, with one or many coils, was produced in different centers of the ancient world (Greece, southern Italy, Egypt, Syria, etc.) and was also often represented on other objects of art.
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February 26 2014
Roman Marble Dog Columbarium Panel Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Depicting a dog wearing a collar, with short ears and incised fur, the tail curling upwards, with two lines of carved Latin text:
"For darling Metilianus, Lucius Novius Aprilis made (this)"
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February 25 2014