December 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm
A glance through history in the news this week: old book on display, old Cognac on sale, old shell unearthed; plus looming rows over Stalin, Ivan the Terrible and the Rosetta Stone; and a little bit of classical sex and Pearl Harbour to round things off.
1. Scotland’s oldest book is put on display in Edinburgh for the first time in almost 1,000 years.
2. A bottle of Cognac dating from before the French Revolution wins top bid at a Parisian auction.
3. President Medvedev issues the toughest criticism of Stalin to come from another Russian leader in a decade.
4. A new exhibition exploring the love and sex lives of the ancient Greeks opens in Athens.
5. The discovery of a 7,000 year-old mass grave in Germany shows evidence of ancient cannibalism.
6. A Leeds industrial estate is found to be home to an unexploded wartime shell.
7. The ownership battle over the Rosetta Stone, the ‘icon of Egyptian identity’, continues as an Egyptian official visits London.
8. A formal monument in KwaZulu Natal finally commemorates the 10,000 Zulu warriors killed in the Anglo-Zulu war.
9. America marks the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour.
10. A new blockbuster featuring Ivan the Terrible is slammed by a historian as ‘slanderous’ to the Russian people and state.