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Inside Egypt’s Rock-Cut Tomb Chapels

rock-cut tomb

by John Romer For the majority of Westerners, the grand tour of Egypt had started in the 1870s when Thomas Cook & Sons obtained a concession from the Khedive Ismail to run Nile steamboats and dahabiyyas – luxurious sailing boats – from

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The Bones of John the Baptist

David Gibson and Michael McKinley The Bones of John the Baptist The island of Sveti Ivan does not immediately strike a visitor as the likeliest place to solve one of the most puzzling mysteries of Christian history. Just a quarter-mile

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Circumference: Round, Flat, and Egg-Shaped

Circumference jacket

by Nicholas Nicastro On a recent trip to Istanbul, I belatedly discovered a museum that I’d love to have seen before I wrote my book, Circumference: Eratosthenes and Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe. It was the Istanbul Museum of

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History

Finding Jesus: The Remarkable Story of the James Ossuary

James Ossuary

Our book, which takes six venerated objects connected to Jesus and looks at them through the lenses of theology, history, and science, really began more than a decade ago, in the chilly January of 2003, when we went to the

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