The Bernoulli family of Basel was a patrician family, notable for having produced eight mathematically gifted academics who, among them, contributed substantially to the development of mathematics and physics during the early modern period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned of the Secession of the Plebs. A form of protest where Rome's non-aristocratic citizens would leave the city en masse leaving the aristocratic Patricians to fend for themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
In ancient Rome members of different social classes were distinguished by their tunics. For example, plebeians wore tunics made of low-quality, coarse fabric, whereas patricians wore tunics made of linen or wool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Today I learned of a Roman warrior who not only fought Gallic invaders, but Patrician debt collectors. An early martyr for social reform named Marcus Manlius en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The first General Strike occurred in ancient Rome because the patricians made a mean use of their political advantages to grow rich through national conquests at the expense not only of the defeated enemy, but of the poorer plebeian... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned of the oldest known strike. On this date in 1152 BCE, the artisans of the Royal Necropolis at Deir el-Medina walked off their jobs because they had not been paid. The Egyptian authorities raised the wages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Ancient Roman apartments, called insulae, could reach up to 9 stories, could have running water (fed by nearby aqueducts) and were often owned by the rich and rented out to the poorer roman citizens (from somewhat rich equestrians to pretty poor workers). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
A recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond is called a "ha-ha" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha-…
Today I learned of the Sack of Rome in 390 BC. After the Romans were routed and the city was all but destroyed, the Romans figured their only decision was to pay the invaders to leave. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of the Copsey Brothers who were the first men to build a jail in Lower Lake, Ca, the first to occupy it, after celebrating its completion too enthusiastically, and the first to escape, after realizing they had forgotten to nail down the roof. lakeconews.com/index.php?…
Cincinnati was named after Roman dictator Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who is cited as an example of outstanding leadership, service to the greater good, civic virtue, lack of personal ambition and modesty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…

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