Example of Scythian Gold Work Excavated from Southern Russia
I’ve always had an interest – actually more of an intense fascination for far-away exotic peoples from long-ago. One of those peoples exerting a draw to my curiosity are the so-called Scythians, an ancient wildly nomadic peoples located roughly north of the Persians in that vast expanse of land from the Danube river across the north shores of the Black Sea to the River Don in present day Russia. A huge land expanse. Continue Reading
While working my way through a plan to continue and eventually complete my review of The Histories by Herodotus I started getting stuck on all the names and dates; the places, the battles, the people, the customs; not to mention the architecture, the sculptures, the poetry, the dramas, the pottery. Yes, even the pottery made history. The Greeks were awesome!
http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/ancient-greece/pictures/greek-architecture/the-parthenon-at-dusk-3 Continue Reading
Here are two book reports; one on:
And one on:
I’ve posted poems from both these books and am afraid if I don’t stop and review these books I am inadvertently going to serialize both books in their entirety! And that would not be right. Continue Reading
woodblocks designed by Giorgio Liberale and cut by Wolfgang Meyerpeck pinterest.com
“The Decline of the Woodcut” is the title of Chapter 6 of The Art of Botanical Illustration; but the woodcut, as used in botanical illustration, is still going strong in Chapter 6 as we shall see. Continue Reading
King Croesus of Lydia. Wealthy. Powerful. Famous. Beloved by his people. The self-appointed happiest man in the world about to be burned alive? How did this happen? Continue Reading
“Konrad von Megenberg00” by Konrad von Megenberg (1309–1374) – http://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/Onlinexhibits/exhbtcata.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konrad_von_Megenberg00.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Konrad_von_Megenberg00.jpg
Moving from and building upon the naturalism of the late Renaissance, full book-length Herbals with highly realistic botanical illustrations evolved. Propelled by the invention of the movable type printing process in Europe in 1439 coupled with the art of woodcut, book-length Herbals showing reasonably realistic portrayals of plants, flowers, trees, and all manner of things botanical began to make their way into the world. Continue Reading
Very good book reports! I’m on my way out tonight to get The Obstacle is the Way and Collected Poems of Michael Donaghy but all these books sound great!
I’ve always loved plants and flowers but I’m not a very good gardener. I tell people that if I had to farm for a living I would starve! So some time a go I got into photographing plants and flowers. Here’s one:
Muses and Meanderings is a self-published book of charming and evocative poems by the poet Dottie Metzler of Phoenix, Arizona. Just awhile back we posted about the beautiful clouds we sometimes get here in Phoenix. Here are a two of Dottie’s cloud poems : Continue Reading
Back to Herodotus and it’s just about time! When we last left good King Croesus, his name was synonymous with extreme wealth and power Continue Reading