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Mystery Monday: Pliny the Elder’s Natural History

In Natural History, first published around 77-80 CE, Pliny the Elder identifies the origin of sericulture as the strange and distant Land of the Seres. Pliny is only one of many western writers who held this opinion: “Virgil’s Georgics reports enigmatically … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday: Anna Maria Garthwaite

Save for a few biographical tidbits, very little is known about the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), the daughter of a clergyman who left home in 1726 to live with her widowed sister.  In 1728 the pair moved to … Continue reading

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