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Louis XIV of France Moves His Court to Versailles

Louis XIV moved his court and government offices to Versailles in an attempt to combat the nobles' efforts to undermine his increasing power. The palace, one of the most lavish ever built, was the work of Louis Le Vau, J. H. Mansart, and Charles Le Brun. The park and gardens contain fountains, reservoirs, and sculptures, and the park contains two smaller palaces, as well as temples, grottoes, and decorative structures. What is the historical significance of the palace's "Hall of Mirrors"?

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Damnatio Memoriae

Damnatio memoriae is a Latin phrase meaning "damnation of memory." The practice was a form of dishonor that could be passed by the Roman Senate upon traitors or others who brought disgrace to Rome. The sanction, a form of removal from remembrance, essentially erased all traces of a person from public life and record in order to preserve the honor of the Roman State. Which Emperor of Rome was posthumously removed from public record after an official decree was issued by his successor?

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Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud founded psychoanalysis, a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders based on the idea of the unconscious. Psychoanalysis attributes neurosis to the barring of libidinal ideations from consciousness, and, as a means of treatment, it proposes that patients become aware of these unconscious thoughts through the free association of ideas. Freud was an early user of what highly-addictive narcotic, of which he was an outspoken proponent?

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