Monday, August 14, 2006

Blast You Ten

Ten Things that Make Research a Blast

1. Three cheers for the Brits: Ancient Civilizations over at The British Museum's web site explores the most significant achievements of many long-gone civilizations.

2. All art all the time: Professor Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe's Art History Resources on the Web offers links to sites covering art from prehistory to present day.

3. Loving-Kindness: is a huge, gorgeous resource site for anyone interested in learning about the many aspects of Buddhism.

4. Thumbs Up: The Illustrated History of the Roman Empire claims to be the leading web resource on Rome.

5. Playing for keeps 3,500 years ago: The multi-award-winning MesoAmerican Ball Game, a companion web site to a traveling exhibit of the same name, is just too cool for words (Flash required.)

6. Medieval Megapage: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies not only hooks up to places like The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, but publishes actual translated medieval texts as e-books as well as textbooks about medieval subjects.

7. No velvet ropes: Take a virtual tour through the fascinating exhibits over at The Oriental Institute Museum.

8. Original artists: The British Library's Turning the Pages website (requires Shockwave) allows you to leaf through the actual pages of Leonardo Da Vinci's sketchbook, Jane Austen's early work, the oldest printed book in the world, and many other priceless manuscripts.

9. Who Painted the Mona Lisa Again?: The Web Gallery of Art is a "searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 15,400 reproductions."

10. Beyond Safaris: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. guides you through a treasurehouse of African history and culture at Wonders of the African World.


  1. Thanks so much for these links. Some are just what I need for the novel I'm currently working on.

  2. Anonymous8:58 AM

    The Oriental Institute is the most magnificent place. It has a massive bull's head from Persia. I nearly fell on my knees to worship it.

    If you're in Chicago, try and go. Not the easiest place to find ... but a lifetime's experience. I went all the way from Sydney, and I'm going back there in November!

  3. Anonymous2:58 PM

    What a treasure house of resources. Thank you PBW, for the links today.

  4. As always, wonderful resources, thank you!

  5. fantastic. Thank you.

    Of course the links are of no real use for my writing but they're just so cool. Especially that primary material stuff (or its translation, actually).


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