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“Legend links the name "Lucerne" from the Latin lucerna, meaning "lamp" with an angel who, with light streaming from his fingertips, indicated to eighth-century Benedictine monks the site on which they should build the city's first chapel.”
“As the middle volume of a planned trilogy set in eighth-century Britain, this takes its shape from the whole: It can stand on its own, but it mostly enlarges the world of the first volume.”
“In the meantime, only two things are certain: As unusual as our man is among burial figures, he is authentic according to thermoluminescence tests; and whatever he represented to eighth-century Chinese, to 21st-century scholars he is a riveting work of art.”
“Abu Nuwas Street was named after an eighth-century poet.”
“Cumbersome as this title may be, the new galleries are splendid, elegantly installed, lucidly organized and full of spectacular objects from the eighth-century dawn of Islam to the 19th century—manuscript pages, pottery, carpets, armor, tile, metal work—that make vivid not just a religion, but an entire culture.”
“The virulence of smallpox brought about the first attempts at inoculation, which medical historians estimate occurred more than two thousand years ago in the Far East, although the earliest known records are from eighth-century India.”
“The earliest Sebastians, in seventh- and eighth-century mosaics, depict a bearded man in court dress.”
“Art dealers are competing to set up the most opulent booths: One Belgian art dealer has smothered a few walls of his booth with dirt to evoke an eighth-century Korean library.”
“SECURITY CHECK: Iraqi police checked Shiite pilgrims as they arrived at the Imam Musa al-Kadhim Mosque in the Kadhimiya district of northern Baghdad to mark the death of the eighth-century Imam.”
“Down there, for example, on the eighth-century Northumbrian coast, he spots the Venerable Bede, who has worked out a way to count to a million simply by holding parts of his body.”
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