I love history, archaeology and exploring the world. 🇦🇺 in 🇩🇪. Living w/ ADD. Works @TheLocalEurope. Travel & History Writer-at-large.
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Aug 1 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Seems to me I shoulda ridden that 'fake history' wave and gotta book out of it. Sigh.
I mean, I know my brain's been a mess for years, but I feel like if there was one wave I coulda ridden, it was the history thing. #painfullyselfawaretweets
Jul 29 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Every day I get anonymous accounts direct message me with abuse or an Andrew Tate clip, where he goes on about turning up at my house.
It doesn't bother me - on the contrary, it makes me realise for all his 'Top G' bravado, he's a scared little boy who needs validation. 🧵/1
I mean, how else do you reconcile a little mild criticism over his comments over men and mental health with turning up at said critic's house, broadcasting it to the world, and going through their bins in search of supposedly damning evidence? 🧵/2
160 years ago today, the Landesmuseum Württemberg (@LMWStuttgart) opened in Stuttgart's Altes Schloss.
I've often said it's my favourite museum. If you visit, here's five things you must see.
5 This flute, made from the bone of a vulture buzzard, is around 35,000 years old - making it the oldest verifiable musical instrument ever discovered.
It was found in the Höhle Fels cave, east of Stuttgart, in the Swabian Alb.
This is 'The Sleeping Lady', a small (12.2cm) clay figure, most probably depicting a mother goddess, and has been dated anywhere from 4000 - 2500 BCE.
It was found in the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum on Malta, one of the most astounding Neolithic sites ever discovered. 🧵
Carved into pre-existing caves, and dug with simple tools such as bone and antler, it was once the burial place of potentially over 7,000 individuals. 🧵
May 14 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
10 Reasons there should be an @assassinscreed game set in Palermo. 🧵 10. The city is 2,700 years old. It's been occupied by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards...
It's often referred to as the 'Most conquered city in the world'.
You can have multiple eras present, within the same city.
May 4 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
If you ever get to Palermo, catch the 389p bus for half an hour and eventually you'll find yourself at the edge of the town of Monreale.
A few hundred metres walk in, and you'll come across one of the great sights of Sicily - the cathedral of Monreale.
Legend says King William II of Sicily came up with the idea of the cathedral while napping under a carob tree, but it's more likely he simply wanted to one-up the local Bishop of Palermo, who was building the cathedral down in the city.
The fall of the Western Roman Empire had nothing to do with 'decadence' and everything to do with what happens when a slave-based economy meets the end of conquest.
Also, mistreatment of migrating tribes from the east - those seeking shelter were enslaved, provoking rebellion.
Feb 18 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Every day, here in Germany, it seems like I come across something weird and slightly puzzling from a historical perspective.
Today, I'm wondering, why were 700 'erdstall', short manmade tunnel systems, built under Bavaria and Lower Austria?
No two 'erdstall' are exactly the same, but do include common features such as slips, where a person could sit or stand.
This one can be found near the municipality oft Beutelsbach.
Feb 16 • 14 tweets • 7 min read
I've wanted to talk about the 'Gold hats' found in Germany and France over the last few centuries for a while.
Now that they make an appearance at 'The World of Stonehenge', the time has arrived!
The first to be found was in my neck of the woods of Southern Germany, back in 1835 at Schifferstadt, near Speyer. It's considered to be the best preserved of the four in existence.
It dates to between 1300 - 1400 BCE, during the chrinological period known as the 'Bronze Age'.
Feb 16 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
So, here's a story that I can't quite believe - it's simply too, for want of another word, baroque. I've told it before, but the details I've read give it a simultaneously gruesome and tragic flourish.
This is glorious city of Esslingen, near Stuttgart - a magnet for tourists.
In the mid 17th century, Esslingen was a free imperial city, essentially a microstate, albeit one that was on the decline.
The Thirty Years War had devastated the countryside and famine and disease was not uncommon.
Despite this, it enjoyed a commanding presence in the area.
Feb 11 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
This afternoon, I saw an acquiantance having achieved something I've long dreamed of, but never managed to achieve.
The bubbling emotions made me think about the grief and resentment that can follow an ADD diagnosis. (🧵)
After the initial relief that most of us who have been diagnosed have experienced, there's quite often a period of tremendous grief that follows.
Considering that most diagnosed - both women & men - are so in their 30s/40s, this can be incredibly disruptive.
Jan 27 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
Having played a bit of @ExpeditionsGame, I've been more interested in understanding at what my immediate surroundings were like at the time of the Roman Empire.
So, I decided to find out...
First things first - if I woke up sometime in the late first century, not only would I find myself in the middle of expansive forests, but I'd be on a frontier - the Roman province of Germania Superior, on the 'Limes', or imperial border.
Jan 26 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
So I'm now living by myself - pretty much for the first time as an adult. Prior to now I've either been in cohabiting long-term relationships or married.
I gotta say, it's quite a trip - and has made me think a lot about, well, what I'm doing with my life.
For many, many years, I felt like I needed to care for others - that if I wasn't effectively tending to someone else, I was wasting my time.
This, I think, was a compensatory move to offset my (undiagnosed) ADD - I may be hard work, but at least I was trying.
Jan 24 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Y'all know I go wandering, hiking between historical points of interest.
Friday I was out near Oppenweiler, north of Stuttgart.
Washerschloss Oppenheimer was one of the homes of the Sturmfeder barons. It was built in the 18th century on way, way older foundations.
Burg Reichenberg, not too far away from Oppenweiler, was built to guard the whole region. It was property of the Margraves of Baden.
It is perhaps the best preserved of all the castles built during the age of the Hohenstaufen dynasty.
The chapel has medieval wallpaintings.
Jan 9 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Some interesting things I came across during a walk through the 'Filder', an area south of Stuttgart - a short thread.
These are 'Neidköpfe' - carved heads placed on the eaves of buildings to keep evil spirits away in the 17th century. I found them on a house in the village of Bonladen.
Jan 4 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Today I learned about Norbert Masur, a German Jew and member of the World Jewish Congress, who must have experienced one of the most surreal days in 20th century history...
As the US, French, British and Russian forces liberated Germany, and Berlin was about to fall, Norbert Masur, as the Swedish representative of the World Jewish Congress, was tapped to meet one of the Third Reich's most notorious individuals...
Jan 1 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
The Nazis actively avoided vaccinating prisoners and slave workers from the infectious diseases that were rife in the camps, and considered those diseases a valid tool of extermination, but you go wild, you historically-illiterate buffoon.
Yesterday, I found myself with a little time to kill in Mainz.
Wandering about, I came across the Römerpassage shopping centre and the Isis Heiligtum - that is to say, the Roman Passage, and the Temple of Isis.
Did I check it out? What do you think?
Back in 2000, while they were building the underground carpark for the Römerpassage shopping centre, the remains of a 1st - 3rd century temple complex were found.
Soon enough, it was determined that it was a temple to two goddesses - Isis & Mater Magna.
Dec 27, 2021 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
I've been thinking about how ADD impacts me in romantic relationships lately.
It's not difficult to make a connection with people. I tend to be able to fall into them fairly easily. /1
Where things go off the rails is when things progress - when it comes time to open up, show more of the 'real me'.
There's an element of shame involved - what is there of the real me to love & be proud of?
When you've been struggling, it's hard to focus on good points. /2