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Arjuna and Krishna in a battle chariot against a gold background

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The Afterlife of the Bhagavad Gita

Richard Davis is exploring the "rich interpretive afterlife" of the Bhagavad Gita (“The Song of the Lord”).  Written over 2000 years ago, this eighteen-chapter poem presents a conversation between a warrior-prince, Arjuna, and his friend and charioteer, Krishna.

Posted: January 17, 2012
Marchers in Algiers convey a body to its grave in 16th Century

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Captured by Pirates

From his prison cell a Portuguese priest documented the mixing of cultures, languages, and religions in 16th-century Algiers. A new NEH-supported translation of his writing captures a city at the crossroads of civilizations.

Posted: December 6, 2011
carved stone hieroglyphs on Mayan tomb wall

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Royal Mayan Tomb Discovered

NEH-supported archaeologists led by Stephen Houston of Brown University have discovered an undisturbed tomb of an ancient Maya king in El Zotz, Guatemala. The major find was announced jointly by Brown University and Guatemala Ministry of Culture, which authorized the work.

Posted: June 30, 2011
Black and white photo of Mark Twain

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100 Years Later, Mark Twain's Autobiography

The NEH-funded Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley, publishes to great acclaim Volume 1 of The Autobiography of Mark Twain (University of California Press, 2010), 100 years after the death of its iconic author.

Posted: June 29, 2011
Medieval color illumination: a master Huntsman trains a class of 6 men

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Dressing Up (and Down) in the Middle Ages

The NEH-supported Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands, 1325-1515 takes a sartorial look at medieval history.

Posted: June 22, 2011