A Sense of

HISTORY

History (from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past...

History is asking questions.

?

And answering them.

"Herodotus of Halicarnassus here presents his research so that human events do not fade with time. May the great and wonderful deeds - some brought forth by the Hellenes, others by the barbarians- not go unsung; as well as the causes that led them to make war on each other." HERODOTUS: THE HISTORIES I.1

HISTORY IS US. A lifetime from now.

• Prague Spring • The D'Oliveira affair • The murder of Martin Luther King • Paris student riots • Tet offensive I AM HISTORY

1968

But he is more history than me.

History is people a thousand years ago. Or three thousand...

Nebamun, the accountant, who liked hunting in his free time.

The Aztec priest who yielded this knife...

...and his victim.

The bored palace guards at Khorsabad who scratched this board game into the stone...

...at the foot of this statue.

This was the game they played.

🏛 HISTORY IS:

ART...

WAR...

TRADE...

PLACES...

& TREASURE.

History is dates.

776 B.C. First Olympic Games 451 A.D. Battle of Catalaunum 1492 A.D. Reconquest of Granada 1602 A.D. St Matthew and the Angel by Caravaggio 1961 A.D. First manned space flight

HISTORY IS...

Mundane.

Fascinating.

Tragic.

History is people. History is legends. History is games. History is museums. History is facts. History is artefacts. History is questions. History is treasure. History is manuscripts. History is places. History is shocking. History is inspiring. History is.... ...you tell me.

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