Hereditary, military, and patriotic organization formed in May 1783 by officers who had served in the American Revolution. Its objectives were to promote union and national honour, maintain their war-born friendship, perpetuate the rights for which they had fought, and aid members and their families in case of need. The society took its name from the Roman citizen-soldier
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Monday, April 04, 2005
The material for Andrea's prose compilation of Charlemagne legends, I reali di Francia (1491; The Royalty of France, modern edition by G. Vandelli, 18921900), was drawn for the most part from earlier Italian versions, though the author added much pseudohistorical material
Stifter was educated at the Kremsmünster abbey school. He enrolled
Sunday, April 03, 2005
School of Chinese Buddhism derived from the Indian Yogacara school. See Yogacara.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Also spelled Kabalega, also called Murchison Falls, waterfall on the lower Victoria Nile River in northwestern Uganda, 20 miles (32 km) east of Lake Albert. The Victoria Nile passes through many miles of rapids before narrowing to a width of about 20 feet (6 m) and dropping about 400 feet (120 m) in a series of three cascades. The initial fall of 130 feet (40 m) is generally recognized as Kabarega (Murchison) Falls. The cataract forms the central feature
Rock composed of compacted volcanic ejecta (see tuff).
Friday, April 01, 2005
Also spelled Jungar, Jüüngar, Dzhungar, or Dsongar, people of Central Asia, so called because they formed the left wing (dson, left; gar, hand) of the Mongol army. A western Mongol people whose home was the Ili River valley and Chinese Turkistan, they adopted Buddhism in the 17th century. They are for all practical purposes identical with the Oyrat (q.v.).
From ancient times Circassia, comprising roughly the northwestern region of the Caucasus, acquired the exotic reputation common to lands occupying a crucial area between rival empires. The early history of the Circassian peoples is fairly obscure. Though no Greek
Thursday, March 31, 2005
The town was originally settled by Oscan-speaking people, the native inhabitants of Campania. It entered the Social War (the war of the allies against Rome) in 90 BC and was destroyed
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The city, administrative headquarters of the district, lies on the most northerly hill of the Ganjo Takkar ridge, just east of the Indus River. The third largest city in Pakistan, it is a communications centre, connected by rail with Peshawar and Karachi and with Indian railways via the border towns of Khokhropar and
Fish provide a number of important vitamins and minerals to the diet. They are a good source of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine. The mineral content includes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
Clocks are considered furnishings if the movement is enclosed within a case, which need not necessarily be of wood. Clocks can be divided into table clocks and long-case clocks. There were two creative centres for table clocks, namely England and France. In 17th- and 18th-century France, the table clock became an object of monumental design, the best examples of which are