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FRANCE, ANATOLE : Thaïs | Ebooks libres et gratuits
Thaïs était née de parents libres et pauvres, adonnés à l'idolâtrie. Du temps qu'elle était petite, son père gouvernait, à Alexandrie, proche de la porte de la Lune, un cabaret que fréquentaient les matelots. Certains souvenirs vifs et détachés lui restaient de sa première enfance. Elle revoyait son père assis à l'angle du foyer, les jambes croisées, grand, redoutable et tranquille, tel qu'un de ces vieux Pharaons que célèbrent les complaintes chantées par les aveugles dans les carrefours...Thaïs, courtisane d'Alexandrie, est convertie au christianisme par le moine Paphnuce. Mais est-ce vraiment l'amour divin qui inspire cet homme de Dieu? -- Édition illustrée groupe Ebooks libres et gratuits Édition Feedbooks pour le format ePub. -- downloaded EPUB
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november 2016 by dunnettreader
Kenneth Harl - The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes | The Great Courses
36 lectures - list price $320
- the video version is a must in order to follow the names of groups, locations and movements
A few bothered by mispronunciation and a lot of ahs - but most reviewers very enthusiastic - and replaying lectures to get all the info. Counters a few complaints that it's too superficial, or that it pays too much attention to the sedentary civilizations that were affected - the last complaint seems to miss the very purpose of the course.
Byzantium  Eastern_Europe  military_history  Central_Asia  empires  government-forms  medieval_history  military_tactics  Egypt  Persia  ancient_Rome  nomadic_invasions  cultural_history  Ghengis_Khan  trade  video  Eurasia  Roman_Empire  government-revenues  Ottomans  Iraq  Chinese_history  Black_Sea  Islamic_civilization  Atilla_the_Hun  ancient_history  India  Iran  China  late_antiquity  Sufis  Mamluks  cultural_exchange  military_technology  Golden_Horde  Turcic_tribes  Han_China  MENA  religious_history  Mongols  Tamerlane  Caliphate  courses  Buddhism  cultural_transmission  trade-policy  empires-tributary  barbarians  steppes 
april 2016 by dunnettreader
Gerald A. Larue - Chaper 6: The People, from the Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic Periods - Old Testament Life and Literature (1968) | infidels.org
long before the Hebrews entered the historical scene there were people living in the Fertile Crescent and Egypt. To grasp the magnificent human heritage that fell to the Hebrews and those who lived during the biblical period, the next two chapters will provide an overview of ancient Near Eastern history as reconstructed out of the researches of historians and archaeologists, first, from the Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic periods; and next [chapter 7] from the Early Bronze to the Late Bronze periods.
archaeology  ancient_history  prehistoric  MENA  Old_Testament  Egypt  Mesopotamia  Israel 
may 2014 by dunnettreader
Treasures at Christ's College, Cambridge: Treasures in Focus # 12 - 'Scala Magna' (17th century) [Christ's College MS 29.2.4] | Christ's College Library - Feb 2014
the Renaissance impulse to seek out knowledge in its original language led to a showering of attention upon the Coptic language by western scholars. Manuscripts began to circulate the academic hubs of Europe, and Egyptian scribes were paid by westerners to copy out older Coptic manuscripts. In particular, scholarly interest centred upon the tantalising possibility that by understanding the Coptic language in such manuscripts, one might discern the key to deciphering its mysterious predecessor – the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Such an impulse seems to have been the cause behind the production of the most interesting of the Coptic manuscripts bequeathed to Christ’s by Sir Stephen Gaselee, a codex known as the Scala Magna.
17thC  manuscripts  hieroglyphics  Egypt  Warburton  EF-add 
february 2014 by dunnettreader
Peter Burke: Images as Evidence in Seventeenth-Century Europe | JSTOR: Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 2003), pp. 273-296
Deals with the transition from antiquarianism to archaeology and debates over use of material remains as historical evidence. Builds on work of Momigliano and Haskell (History and its images - bookshelf? ) -- downloaded pdf to Note
article  jstor  intellectual_history  historiography  17thC  antiquaries  archaeology  epistemology  art_history  evidence  antiquity  ancient_Rome  ancient_history  ancient_religions  Early_Christian  Egypt  downloaded  EF-add 
december 2013 by dunnettreader
Dani Rodrik: The Problem is Authoritarianism, Not Islam - Project Syndicate August 2013
Ultimately, democracy relies on an implicit quid pro quo among contending groups, according to which each agrees to protect the others’ rights in exchange for recognition of its entitlement to govern should it win an election. Constitutional provisions alone cannot ensure such an outcome, for those in power can easily override them. Instead, norms of proper political behavior must become embodied in the polity’s enduring institutions – its political parties, parliaments, and courts – in order to prevent abuse of power. What sustains these norms is the knowledge that undermining them will have consequences that are damaging to all. If I do not protect your rights while in power today, you will have little reason to respect mine when you come to power tomorrow. When an outside force such as the military interrupts this game, either directly or because one of the parties can rely on its intervention, the dynamics of political behavior change irrevocably. A case can be made for military intervention when a country finds itself on the edge of civil war, as Turkey was in 1980 (and as Egypt arguably was in July); but one should not confuse restoring order with restoring democracy. What does not help – and in fact backfires – is for outsiders to view the political crisis of Middle Eastern societies as the result of an Islamist-secularist divide. This perspective plays directly into the hands of authoritarian rulers like Erdoğan,
political_culture  democracy  legitimacy  MENA  Islam  Turkey  Egypt  military  authoritarian  EF-add 
august 2013 by dunnettreader

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