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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Some interesting websites I chanced upon recently

If you're weary of election blogging, take a little break and browse some of these websites:

- Orbis Latinus. Covers the historical development and grammar of the Romance languages, from Latin to Romanian to Catalan. While not all languages have been covered yet, there's more than enough there, including helpful maps and tables, for many hours of browsing -- especially if you're into the more common languages like Latin (both medieval and classical), French, Italian, and Spanish.

- Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection. Largest and most reliable online collection of maps that I've come across. My own interest is chiefly in the Historical Maps section, which has detailed and large drawings of just about every part of the world at every point of time in the past. See for instance this map of the Byzantine Empire circa 1265, or this map of the North Pole from an 1885 Scottish geographical magazine, or this one of India in 1760.

- Dictionary of the History of Ideas. The entries contained here, on subjects as diverse as "Academic Freedom", "Renaissance Humanism", and "Health and Disease," are enormous and written by the likes of Isaiah Berlin, Quentin Skinner, and Arnoldo Momigliano. Be prepared to set aside some serious reading time for them.