Rhyta are ancient, hornlike drinking vessels that often feature a wide mouth and a pierced, pointed bottom. This design allows a rhyton to function as both a scoop for liquids contained in a larger storage vessel and, when the hole at its base is unstoppered, as a pouring device. Rhyta are often shaped like animal heads or horns and can be simple ceramic constructions or ornate showpieces decorated with precious metals and stones. What animal was frequently depicted on the rhyta of Minoan Crete?
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Kerry was the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war. In his testimony, he urged the US to pursue an immediate and unilateral withdrawal based on Vietnam veterans' personal experiences and presented the conclusions of the Winter Soldier Investigation, in which veterans had described personally committing or witnessing war crimes. Kerry's testimony became a hot topic when he ran for president in 2004. Who was the chairman of the Senate proceedings in which Kerry testified?
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Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and Bolshevik party leader whose mastery of political theory and shrewd political instincts led him to become the first Premier of the Soviet Union. As leader, Lenin nationalized banks, gave workers control over factory production, and introduced atheism as a political doctrine. His adaptation of traditional Marxist doctrine has become known as Marxism-Leninism and forms the basis of communist ideology. Where are Lenin's preserved remains currently displayed?