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Under the Norman kings of Sicily, the island became a prosperous and influential Mediterranean superpower. The coexistence of western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on Sicily created a multilingual state. In Palermo, the messages on public monuments were frequently in two or three languages. This funerary inscription was set up by Grisandus, a Christian priest, for his mother Anna in AD 1149. Her eulogy is written in Judaeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script) on top, Latin on the left, Greek on the right, and Arabic below.

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A tombstone in four languages. Sicily, AD 1149. Soprintendenza Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Palermo. © Regione Siciliana.
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Today is the longest day in the northern hemisphere! This etching by Bertram Buchanan depicts the #SummerSolstice‬ at Stonehenge http://ow.ly/ygNas
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+David Gerard this is what passes for "arranged as an observatory" in your country?
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Artist Edward Burne-Jones, a key figure of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, died #onthisday‬ in 1898. These small jewel-like watercolours are from his album ‘The Flower Book’, containing his fantasies inspired by the names of flowers. He added to it periodically from 1882 until his death. http://ow.ly/m4zG301fGPI 
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This stunning statue depicts the Egyptian queen Arsinoe II (c. 316–270 BC). Discovered in the lost ancient Egyptian city of Canopus, this statue is the perfect combination of Egyptian and Greek style. She is the embodiment of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and ‘fortunate sailing’. While the choice of a local dark stone and the queen’s striding posture are Egyptian in style, the sensual rendering of her flesh is reminiscent of Greek masterpieces. Arsinoe II was the eldest daughter of Ptolemy I and married her brother Ptolemy II. This marriage was the first of a series of such unions in the Ptolemaic dynasty. It emphasises the divine status of the ruling couple as an earthly incarnation of the divine siblings Osiris and Isis, who form the archetype of the royal couple.

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Statue of Arsinoe. 3rd century BC, Canopus. Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum. Photo: Christoph Gerigk. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation.
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The month of #June‬ is named after the Roman goddess Juno, protector of women and patron deity of marriage and childbirth. In this print by Dutch artist Jacobus Harrewyn she is depicted sitting on a cloud with a peacock and sceptre http://ow.ly/r9i3300E0AV
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name comes from the Latin wordiuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.
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Discover how this underwater treasure helped solved a 2,000-year-old mystery!

This monument was crucial to revealing that Thonis (in Egyptian) and Heracleion (in Greek) were in fact the same ancient Egyptian city. It was issued by the pharaoh Nectanebo I, regarding the taxation of trade. The inscription tells us that this decree was housed in the city's main Egyptian temple, at the mouth of the ‘Sea of the Greeks’ (the Mediterranean).

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It’s #WorldGiraffeDay‬! These two remarkable #AfricanRockArt‬ engravings depict life-size giraffes. They are thought to date from between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago – a period when environmental conditions in the Sahara were able to sustain large mammals such as giraffes. The two giraffes, thought to be one large male in front of a smaller female, were engraved on the weathered surface of a sandstone outcrop. The engravings cannot be seen from ground level and are only visible by climbing onto the boulder http://ow.ly/ZyBs301twY1

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Dutch Artist M C Escher was born #onthisday‬ in 1898. Escher specialised in using lithographs, woodcuts and wood-engravings and is best known for his representation of buildings or views with unusual perspectives. This printed poster is his depiction of the Tower of Babel. Escher wrote of the image: ‘Some of the builders are white and others black. The work is at a standstill because they are no longer able to understand one another.’ http://ow.ly/k4Wy301fHPd
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‘Art is the Flower. Life is the Green Leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life itself.’ – Scottish artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born #onthisday‬ in 1868.

For over 20 years Mackintosh worked almost exclusively in Glasgow where all his best-known work was created and where much of it still remains. The Glasgow School of Art was one of the leading art academies in Europe in architecture and the decorative arts at the time and Mackintosh was at the heart of this success.
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From Greek temples to Norman palaces, there’s more to Sicily than sunshine, beaches and lemons! Our #SicilyExhibition‬ Curators Peter and Dirk introduce the story of this remarkable island, and explain what makes its history so fascinating http://ow.ly/yq0W300R40c
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The Houses of Parliament clock, often popularly referred to as Big Ben, first began keeping time #onthisday‬ in 1859! In 1846 a competition was held to decide who should build this new clock, and the clockmaker Edward John Dent was appointed. The clock was installed in the Clock Tower in April 1859. At first, it wouldn't work as the cast-iron minute hands were too heavy. Once they were replaced by lighter copper hands, it successfully began keeping time. Find out more about the history of Big Ben at the website of the UK’s Parliament http://ow.ly/Ev7v300E0qH

This print from 1858 depicts the new Houses of Parliament with the clock tower still unfinished and scaffolding around the top http://ow.ly/NeRwM
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+Steve ldnuk +James Earl Carter put black solar panels on the top, and the +Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum still has them. Does the British Museum have solar panels on its roof?
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This is one of the earliest coins in the world! Cities and empires traded without using coins for over 2,000 years, but when ancient kingdoms like Lydia (in modern Turkey) began issuing pieces of electrum (a mixture of gold and silver) like this one around 600 BC, the idea quickly caught on and spread to city-states in the ancient Greek world.

These coins had a design on one side only – a result of the method of manufacture. The coins were hand struck. A die with a design (in this case a lion's head) for the front of the coin was placed on an anvil. A blank piece of metal was placed on top of the die, and a punch hammered onto the reverse. The device of the lion on these coins has often led to the assumption that they were issued by a royal power, the kings of Lydia, although we cannot say for certain who minted these earliest coins. http://ow.ly/RCU9300zkpq

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