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date: 21 Oct
The Death of Admiral Lord Nelson   -  21st October 1805  -     After the French Revolution (1789) there was a power vacuum in France that a certain man was to fill. His name was Napoleon. Initially Britain, with William Pitt the Younger as Prime Minister, was ambivalent to events in France with financial reform higher on its list of priorities....
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  • 19th Century
  • Battles
  • Emperors
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  • Warfare
date: 18 Jul
The Great Fire of Rome     -  July 18/19 64AD  -     ‘Nero fiddled while Rome burned’ is a well-known phrase. It has a double meaning. Firstly that Nero was wholly ineffectual as a leader but he also played music and lived a decadent lifestyle whist the people he ruled led miserable lives. It also refers to the Great Fire of 64AD that was to...
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  • Emperors
  • Roman
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date: 11 Jul
11th July 1975  -  “There are 7 wonders of the world and the discovery of the Terracotta Army, we may say, is the 8th miracle of the world. No-one who has not seen the pyramids can claim to have visited Egypt, and now, I’d say that no-one who has not seen the terracotta figures can claim to have visited China.” So said Jacques Chirac, the former...
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  • 20th Century
  • Emperors
  • Empires
  • Sculpture
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date: 06 Apr
8th April 1820 Little could Alexandros of Antioch have thought around 150BC that his statue would take on propaganda value nearly 2000 years later? In 1815 the French were forced to hand back the Medici Venus, then thought of as the finest piece of Greek classical sculpture, after Napoleon had looted it. The new statue,discovered five years later...
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  • 19th Century
  • Ancient Greece
  • Classical Art
  • Emperors
  • Sculpture
date: 15 Mar
Power always does funny things to people. The struggle for power and democracy has thrown up extraordinary events and the 15th March 44BC is one of the best remembered. At the age of 55 Julius Caesar was the most powerful man in the civilised world. Having defeated Pompey, amongst others, he had been a dictator for 5 years. However this brought...
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  • Emperors
  • Roman
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