In 1906, Russian Bolshevik writer Maxim Gorky was given a warm welcome in the United States. Then the American media manufactured a scandal about his girlfriend.
Herman Melville likely saw the panorama “Whaling Voyage,” which records the sinking of the the whaler Essex, while staying in Boston in 1849.
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From Egypt to East Asia, ways of making mummies have varied. Sometimes, as a recent find reveals, mummification happens completely by accident.
Since the 16th century, anonymous authors have been posting provocative political messages on or near these Roman statues.