" Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; 'Tis impudence and money makes a peer. "
Daniel Defoe

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Churchill Proposes Creation of Council of Europe

Speaking at the University of Zurich, Winston Churchill implored European states to establish a "United States of Europe" to settle regional differences and promote understanding in the wake of World War II. His speech helped prompt the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949. Open to all European nations that accept the rule of law and guarantee human rights and freedoms to their citizens, The Council today is comprised of 46 member states. Which state joined most recently?



City of the Dead

A necropolis, translated from Greek to mean “city of the dead,” is a large cemetery or burial ground. The term typically is used in reference to burial grounds that lie in close proximity to centers of ancient civilization. In fantasy literature, the word necropolis takes on a different connotation, often describing cities populated by zombies or the undead. The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, which dates back to 2,500 BCE, is probably the world's oldest necropolis. Where is it located?

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Mika Waltari

Waltari was a Finnish author, best known for the historical novel The Egyptian (1945), which chronicles the rise and fall of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and was hailed by Egyptologists for its historical accuracy. Its theme of corruption of humanist values in a materialist world seems curiously topical in the aftermath of World War II. The book became an international bestseller, serving as the basis for the 1954 Hollywood movie of the same name. How many novels did Waltari write?

Last updated on Wednesday, 19th September 2007

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