A Month of Christmas: Ornaments

A Christmas decoration is any of several types of ornamentation used at Christmastime and the greater holiday season. Christmas ornaments, baubles or “Christmas bulbs” are decorations usually made of glass, metal, wood, or ceramics that are used to festoon a Christmas tree. Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs. Ornaments are almost always reused year after year rather … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Ornaments

Homer’s Odysseus and the Mythology of the Sirens

I had planned on opening this article mentioning that Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were probably the oldest named works that I have yet read. Of course, a brief peek at Wikipedia will tell one that the Odyssey (Ὀδύσσεια or Odýsseia in Classical Attic Greek) is the second-oldest extant work of Western literature, while the Iliad (Ἰλιάς or Iliás) is the oldest. Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed … Continue reading Homer’s Odysseus and the Mythology of the Sirens

Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

April 6 in Thailand is marked as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), or simply Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakkri) which commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782, detailed on A Stamp A Day last year. This year, I have found several events that occurred on this date … Continue reading Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Thrace (Θράκη — Thráke — in Modern Greek, Тракия — Trakiya — in Bulgarian, and Trakya in Turkish: ) is a geographical and historical area in southeast Europe, now split between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, which is bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Aegean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the east. It comprises southeastern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece (Western … Continue reading Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Cretan State #53 (1900)

The Cretan State (Κρητική Πολιτεία — Kritiki Politia — in Greek or كريد دولتى‎ — Girit Devleti — in Ottoman Turkish) was established in 1898, following the intervention by the Great Powers (Britain, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Russia) on the island of Crete. In 1897, an insurrection in Crete led the Ottoman Empire to declare war on Greece, which led Great Britain, France, Italy and Russia to … Continue reading Cretan State #53 (1900)

Greece #51 (1876)

Greece #51 (1876)

Greece (Elláda — Ελλάδα), officially the Hellenic Republic (Ellīnikī́ Dīmokratía — Ελληνική Δημοκρατία), historically also known as Hellas (Ἑλλάς), is a country in southeastern Europe, strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to … Continue reading Greece #51 (1876)