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Peter Sandham
Writer at the 15th century intersection of and Empires. Historical fiction. Porphyry & Ash out May 2019.
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Peter Sandham Jun 2
Out now! Constantinople teeters on the brink of history's greatest siege. 53 days of hell. Knights vs artillery and amid it all, a Scotsman touched by destiny.
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The Kangnido, a Korean map from 1402. A squashed and deformed Europe can be found on the far left, just above Africa which resembles a Maasai stretched earlobe. The image to the right shows Nurlan Kenzheakhmet's attempt to identify the European cities shown.
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Peter Sandham Jun 13
"On the bulging prow – inevitably - two eyes were cut and painted to either side; for in Venice they asked you, without eyes, how could a vessel see where she was going?" - Porphyry and Blood.
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Ye Olde Philologer Cokedril Jun 13
Replying to @PhiloCrocodile
We know from portraits, stucco work, mosaic etc that Greeks and Romans importance of light and shading and perspective. Do you honestly think they were slapping on paint like artschool dropouts?
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Ye Olde Philologer Cokedril Jun 13
Can we talk about the of this? Inhabitants of former Rom Empire will have came across colour remains A LOT; Hardly unknown, good amount of early mod art shows this. Suddenly garishly painted to look like Northern Euros? Fuck off.
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Peter Sandham Jun 13
According to legend, Burano lace first began with a wedding veil spun of sea foam by a siren's tail for a Venetian sailor who resisted her charms.
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Gareth Harney Jun 12
Amazing mosaics being unveiled from the excavations of a late-Roman villa in Cuenca, Spain ..But this depiction of Helen of Troy is instantly iconic. Photos from “El Pais”
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
This claim comes round every year, but I'm under the impression Eratosthenes dated the sack to the year, not to the day.
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
Just love the aesthetic of those coffee stove tiled chimneys.
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
Replying to @HKSandham
These protests always bring out the 28 Weeks Later vibes. This is Harcourt Road, normally buzzing with traffic.
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
My heart bleeds for the old dear waving the colonial duster 🇬🇧. We have neither the will nor the means to do anything on this side of the globe anymore.
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
Hagia Sophia had over four acres of mosaics in stones from as far away as the Atlantic coast of 🇫🇷. Restoration work continues to improve. "Who, even in the measures of Homer, shall sing the marble pastures gathered on the lofty walls & spreading pavement of the mighty church"
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Peter Sandham 22 Sep 17
C15th picture of the departure of Marco Polo. Not a great rendition of Venice but the horses (top left) give it away.
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Peter Sandham 25 Sep 17
Lions of St Mark come in 4 combinations: Book Open / Closed, With/Without Sword. An interpretion of their meaning:
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Peter Sandham 6 Nov 17
Florentine cassone. Ubiquitous in C15 Italy. The Decameron tale Zeppa & Spinolloccio sees a cassone used to trap & punish a wife's lover.
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Peter Sandham Jun 11
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Dimo Yagcioglu Jun 11
Two small islands, actually: The Cyanea islets (or rocks) which are mentioned by Herodotos.
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