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Liberation of France Forges On – Video

In France, General Eisenhower observes General Bradley fire a giant howitzer which signals our massed artillery into a massed crescendo of fire. Behind the lines, the French string ‘Welcome’ signs all over, improvise American flags, and a choral group of French children sing ‘America.’ They love our mow-oon-tains. Canadians Advance – After a well earned […]

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Review - Caesars

Review – The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars by Anneliese Freisenbruch

As Anneliese Freisenbruch admits in this excellent history, most of the Ancient Roman women discussed in her book “would never have come to historical notice if it were not for the men they married or the sons they gave birth to”, such was the patriarchal society in which they existed. There is hardly anything written […]

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Carracci’s celebrated ceiling to be cleaned

Carracci’s celebrated ceiling to be cleaned

Annibale Carracci’s ceiling frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese are considered by many to be one of the most influential Renaissance commissions in Rome. When the Bolognese artist’s love-themed cycle was unveiled in 1600 it was hailed as a masterpiece. Carracci’s mix of northern Italian naturalism and Roman idealism laid the foundation for Baroque art. Now, […]

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Review - Carthage Must be Destroyed by Richard Miles

Review – Carthage Must be Destroyed by Richard Miles

‘[amazon_link id="0670022667" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Carthage must be destroyed[/amazon_link]‘—the title of Richard Miles’s book was the constant theme of the Roman statesman Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 B.C.). In the last years of his long life, Cato became obsessed with Rome’s old rival, the city that had unleashed Hannibal on the Roman Republic and brought it […]

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Book - Rome by Robert Hughes

Review – ROME by Robert Hughes

This history of Rome is as much about the glory that is Robert Hughes as the wonders of the Colosseum, St Peter’s or the Piazza Navona. Hughes, with Barry Humphries, is the most significant of the fêted group of media-ravenous Australians who colonised Sixties England; and as the art critic with the fiercest stare in […]

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