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  • Milestone in academic history

    Milestone in academic history

    The Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta marks its foundation day on Wednesday. Raymond Mangion, head of the faculty’s Department of Legal History and Methodology, traces its history. The Universitas Studiorum, the present University of...

  • An eminent lawyer

    An eminent lawyer

    The Faculty of Law will tomorrow grant an award for academic excellence to one of its luminaries, nonagenarian judge Maurice Caruana Curran. The judge was born in Valletta on June 11, 1918, and was educated at the Old Lyceum and then at the Royal...

  • How Antonio Bosio became famous worldwide

    How Antonio Bosio became famous worldwide

    Where in Malta was Antonio Bosio’s birthplace? Maltese historians assert he was born in Vittoriosa. Giovanni Curmi, one of the first to attempt to tackle Bosio’s biography seriously, adds emphatically: “We have his act of birth registered in one...

  • A Maltese officer’s death in India

    A Maltese officer’s death in India

    Throughout this year the world commemorated the first centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and, for us in particular, the important role played by Malta in ‘the war to end all wars’ as the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’, whose many of...

  • Charting the enigmatic life of Antonio Bosio

    Charting the enigmatic life of Antonio Bosio

    Arguably the ‘Maltese’ academic who acquired the widest fame in the baroque age throughout Europe was Antonio Bosio “the father of modern archaeology” or, if you prefer “the Christopher Columbus of the catacombs”, as Pope Karol Wojtyla referred to...

  • Orlando Emanuel Caruana – an American Civil War hero

    Orlando Emanuel Caruana – an American Civil War hero

    When Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican US president after having won the election of 1860, he publically pledged to bring an end to slavery. Seven slave states in the deep south did not agree and formed a new nation which they called the...

  • To neuter or not to neuter...

    To neuter or not to neuter...

    Last week, while examining Horace, his owner remarked that he’d been told he should neuter his dog but was in a dilemma about it all because he also wanted to mate him. Not wanting to interrupt my examination, I delayed replying until Horace’s...

  • A momentous episode for Malta that changed the world’s history

    A momentous episode for Malta that changed the world’s history

    If you’re over 30 years of age and you lived in Malta during the end of the 1980s you might remember the historical summit held here between US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev which brought the Cold War to an...

  • Rome minister Giuseppe Elia Pace friend of Mikiel Anton Vassalli

    Rome minister Giuseppe Elia Pace friend of Mikiel Anton Vassalli

    After years of research in Malta and abroad, I have finally published a documented biography of Dr Giuseppe Elia Pace. The book, entitled L-Avukat Giuseppe Elia Pace 1742-1820, Ħabib ta’ M.A. Vassalli f’Ruma, was inspired not so much by what Pace...

  • The sporting ethos in Homer’s epic poems

    The sporting ethos in Homer’s epic poems

    Scholars and academics periodically debate whether Ulysses’s amorous interlude at Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo actually happened or whether Malta’s sister island was actually the remote island of Ogygia in Homer’s Odyssey or whether this epic poem should...

  • Prestigious artworks to go under hammer next month

    Prestigious artworks to go under hammer next month

    A collection of wax crib figures and saint statues are among the 1,000 lots of collectible items going under the hammer at the Belgravia Auction Gallery, St Julian’s, next month. Two Malta views from the latter part of the 18th century, attributed...

  • Reflections on Malta’s connection with Mycenaean culture

    Reflections on Malta’s connection with Mycenaean culture

    The filming in Malta of Troy from Homers epic poem, the Illiad, written about 850 BC, brought to my mind the world’s most famous abduction so masterly described by Homer, the father of European literature. Throughout the years, this historical...

  • A history of theft from churches in Malta

    A history of theft from churches in Malta

    Although there have been times when no matter what crimes were committed in Malta, churches were usually off limits, some thieves were not afraid of this sacrilegious act. One of the first recorded church thefts on the island was from the church...

  • A look at your pet’s food bowl

    A look at your pet’s food bowl

    This week a new couple came in with their first pet – a beautiful white female kitten named Snowy. This is until they found out that Snowy was actually a male. Thankfully, they had given their little cat a genderless name in recognition of its...

  • Malta earns the title ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’

    Malta earns the title ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’

    The first arrivals in Malta of the wounded soldiers from the theatres of war made history. A stream of ambulance wagons and motor-cars swept through Valletta on their way to the landing places, attracting crowds of spectators along the route.

  • Putting Malta on the map

    Putting Malta on the map

    Printmaking involves the creation of a pattern or image on a hard object. The patterned object, known as the matrix, is then used to transfer that pattern or image on a piece of paper and in this way creates a print of that pattern or image. An...

  • Art essentials

    Art essentials

    Located in St Lucy Street, corner with Old Bakery Street in Valletta, KG Store offers a variety of artistic products for artists, restorers and collectors. KG Store has in stock a vast range of colours, including oils, water mixable oils,...

  • Up in arms

    Up in arms

    Recently, a rare collection of arms was auctioned at Obelisk Auctioneers and Valuers. This important collection of over 100 lots of 18th, 19th and 20th century arms consisted of European, American and Oriental flintlock and percussion muskets and...

  • Unlocking precious memories

    Unlocking precious memories

    The provenance, history, materials used and level of craftsmanship all increase the value of an antique. However, the memories that an antique carries with it also have sentimental value, especially if the antique has been inherited from a dear...

  • Treasure box for the soul

    Treasure box for the soul

    When my aunt was 18, her husband gave her a precious gift: a handmade leather beauty case made especially for her by a Florentine leather artisan. All her life she kept her jewels in this box. When I was young, I used to travel a lot with her and...

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