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The life and calligrams of Guillaume Apollinaire
The life and calligrams of Guillaume Apollinaire
Guillaume Apollinaire is a French poet, a bright representative of the European literary avant-garde, who created, in addition to the usual written poetic works, poems-drawings, or calligrams. Figure poetry represents lines, words, letters, and signs...
24 September 2020, 23:23
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Julia Drusilla: sister, lover, goddess
Julia Drusilla: sister, lover, goddess
In the year 16 ad, on September 16, a second daughter, Julia Drusilla, was born in the family of the military commander and Consul Germanicus. When Germanicus died, the girl was taken to Rome. Here she was brought up under the supervision of the Emperor...
23 September 2020, 23:14
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Smart monkey Jack: an unusual railway employee
Smart monkey Jack: an unusual railway employee
At the Uitenhage railway station in South Africa in the second half of the XIX century, you could meet a strange pair of workers: a legless James Edwin Wade and a baboon named Jack. James became famous for his skill in jumping between cars, but on a bad...
22 September 2020, 21:55
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Louis Braille and its font for the blind and visually impaired
Louis Braille and its font for the blind and visually impaired
On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille was born, the Creator of a raised-dot font designed for people with serious vision problems. Already at the age of three, Braille had an eye infection that led to blindness. Louis was playing in the workshop of his...
21 September 2020, 20:13
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Ada Lovelace: after translating the article (part II)
Ada Lovelace: after translating the article (part II)
Despite the success in translating and publishing the article about the analytical engine that we wrote about earlier, Ada Lovelace was not able to devote all her time to this project. She threw herself into the household chores that she had given up...
19 September 2020, 16:37
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Ada Lovelace: developing the Babbage analytical engine (part I)
Ada Lovelace: developing the Babbage analytical engine (part I)
Ada Lovelace, aka Ada Byron, daughter of the English poet Lord George Byron, was an extraordinary girl for her time. She is the author of a detailed description of a device that was ahead of its time – an analytical machine capable of performing complex...
18 September 2020, 16:20
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Luxury still life: painting by Jan Davids de Hema
Luxury still life: painting by Jan Davids de Hema
One of the brightest representatives of Dutch painting, who made his contribution to the development of still life, was Jan Davidsz de Heem. The artist was born in Utrecht in 1606. At the age of 29, he became a member of the Antwerp Guild of artists...
17 September 2020, 15:40
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The boy emperor: about the short life of Diadumene and coins
The boy emperor: about the short life of Diadumene and coins
Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus was one of those Roman emperors who was considered only a nominal ruler. Power belonged to his father, Marcus Opellius Macrinus, who proclaimed his nine-year-old son Caesar. Marcus Diadumenus was born in 208 and...
16 September 2020, 18:00
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Amazing architectural graphics by Giovanni Piranesi
Amazing architectural graphics by Giovanni Piranesi
Giovanni Piranesi - famous Italian architect who lived in the XVIII century. He is known for his graphic works on architectural themes, created a huge number of drawings of ancient monuments, as well as fantastic paintings. Piranesi's work significantly...
15 September 2020, 10:46
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Mark Tyrone: slave, freedman, creator of the shorthand writing system
Mark Tyrone: slave, freedman, creator of the shorthand writing system
Marcus Tullius Tiro lived a long life (103-4 BC), during which he managed to be a slave, a free man, a friend of a famous speaker and the Creator of his own system of shorthand writing. Tyrone's exact date of birth is unknown. He was born in the house...
10 September 2020, 12:36
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