Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

tirade

Definition:(noun) A long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
Synonyms:philippic, broadside
Usage: Milady had listened to all this menacing tirade with a smile of disdain on her lips, but rage in her heart.
Article of the Day

The Four Humors

In the 3rd century BCE, Hippocrates introduced his theory of Humoralism. It was based on the notion that 4 fluids, each corresponding to one of the 4 elements, permeate the human body and cause disease when not in balance. Theories regarding the 4 humors—blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm—expanded over the years, and in the 2nd century CE, Galen published a treatise which associated a specific temperament with each humor. What humor was thought to cause a melancholic disposition? More...
This Day in History

Hoxne Hoard Found in Britain (1992)

In 1992, a tenant farmer in the village of Hoxne, England, lost a hammer and asked a friend for help finding it with a metal detector. While searching the field, the friend discovered silver utensils, gold jewelry, and numerous gold and silver coins. Archaeologists notified of the find excavated the site the next day and found what has become known as the Hoxne Hoard—the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold discovered in Britain. What objects are among its treasures? More...
Today's Birthday

Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus (42 BCE)

Tiberius was the second Roman emperor. The stepson of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, he undertook his first military command at age 22 and earned great acclaim. Forced to give up his beloved wife to marry Augustus's daughter, he went into a self-imposed exile until he was recalled by Augustus and named his heir. As emperor, he initially ran the state efficiently and instituted reforms, but he became increasingly brutal. Who smothered Tiberius while he was recovering from an illness in 37 CE? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

get this show on the road

To promptly begin or get something started. More...
Today's Holiday

Plebeian Games (2016)

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, whose feast day was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. The first nine days of the festival (November 4-12) were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
In the News

After Mass Extinctions, the Meek (Fish) Inherit the Earth

A new study suggests that being a little shrimpy might come in handy when the going gets tough. A mass extinction called the Hangenberg event, which took place some 359 million years ago, led to a reduction in vertebrate size for around 40 million ... More...
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