The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

August 22, 2009

Aug. 22, 1912

August 22, 1912, is the birth date of Edith Porada, the art historian and archaeologist. She specialized in the near east and part of her genius lay in her ability to surmise about culture from the iconography of the art. For example she might study a cylinder seal which depicted a nude bearded hero, flanked by winged lion demons & with a star at either side of his head. This description was included in her publication: Corpus of ancient near Eastern seals: in North American collections‎ which she co-authored in 1948.

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