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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM
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The earliest extant journals are the Roman commentarii—household account books, senators' speech notebooks, and Caesar's account of the Gallic Wars. Diaries are of particular interest to historians because they depict everyday life in a particular place and time, often illuminating important historical events. Diaries valued by historians have been authored by a variety of figures, from anonymous clerks to statesmen and even children. Who were the earliest online diarists? More...
Drew
Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:30:34 PM
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Interesting that the mundane, day-to-day activities of someone who is not particularly "important" during his or her own lifetime could be so highly valued in the eyes of future historians.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 8:46:25 PM

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More interesting in many ways. Great events are generally well-documented, whereas the excruciating minutiae of everyday existence have always been conspicuously under-reported. Historians like Laurence Stone realised this, and have spent their entire careers examining inventories, wills and other mundane legal documents to illuminate the everyday.
HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:46:48 PM
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I wonder if the historians have the same glee that nasty younger brothers do when they steal a look at their sister's diary.

Not saying this from experience, mind you.


Posted on the historian's Facebook page:

"It seems that Fausta has a crush on Cicero"


tehhehehehhe
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