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On our latest podcast, @chegchenko  explores the origins of people’s names in the Middle Ages and how names changed over the centuries

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. It’s a mnemonic device many of us learned as children to remember the fates of the six women…

“Octavian would later claim that Cleopatra had sailed off in a panic, and that Antony had abandoned his comrades in order to slavishly follow his lover...”

Today, only a handful of ‘The Harris’s Lists’ remain in public collections. They assist in painting a picture of the lives of poor and lower-middle class Georgian women, says @HallieRubenhold 

"Athenians could vote on anything from the price of grain to the war on tyranny. And the wheels of Athenian democracy often started turning as soon as the sun rose" | Paul Cartledge#ancientGreece  #Athens 

"It’s possible that Alexander the Great saw, or was perhaps even in, a glass diving bell," says @jennifermacaire  #AlexanderTheGreat 

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75 years ago today, Allied forces launched the largest seaborne invasion in history, marking the beginning of the campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation #DDay75  #DDay  #WW2  #DDayLandingL #LestWeForgetanding

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"The truth is there is no written evidence that 31 October was linked to the supernatural in England before the 19th century" #Halloween 

"No one questions military history, because we all accept large scale violence as normal, but because sex is naughty people can act as though studying sexuality is just a bit of a giggle," says Dr Eleanor Janega ()

#OnThisDay in 2013, archaeologists confirmed that a skeleton discovered in a Leicester car park was, as they suspected, #RichardIII … #OTD 

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