Author: Dr. Zar

Dr. Zar

Dr. Matthew Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.

A Brief History On an unknown date in 267, Odaenathus, King of Palmyra, was assassinated along with his son and co-king. Digging Deeper Odaenathus’s biographer in the Historia Augusta laments the king’s assassination in the following passage: “Some god, I believe, was angry with the commonwealth, who, after Valerian’s death, was unwilling to preserve Odaenathus alive.  For of a surety he, with his wife Zenobia, would have restored not only the East, which he had already brought back to its ancient condition, but also all parts of the whole world everywhere, since he was fierce in warfare and, as most writers…

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A Brief History On March 13, 222, the Roman army hailed Severus Alexander as emperor, following the assassination two days earlier of his cousin Elagabalus. Digging Deeper In at least two excerpts from the biography of Alexander in the Historia Augusta, the emperor is described as having a disdain for jewelry.  In the first, the biographer says, “All the jewels that he had he sold and the proceeds he deposited in the public treasury, saying that men had no need of jewels,​ and that the women of the royal household should be content with one hair-net, a pair of earrings,…

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A Brief History Supernatural comedy fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD on 6001 Canal Rd. in Valley View, OH 44125!  For your chance to get a pass, please go to https://events.sonypictures.com/ and enter GHOSTBHH19 as the redemption code.  Passes are first-come, first-serve.  Only 35 pairs of passes are available.  The theater is overbooked slightly to ensure a full audience.  Therefore, seating is not guaranteed.  So, please arrive early!  Saving seats for other parties…

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A Brief History On March 7, 2024, the 46th president of the United States of America, 81-year-old Joe Biden, a Democrat currently running for reelection, gave the 2024 State of the Union Address in the House Chamber at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  42-year-old Senator Katie Britt of Alabama gave the Republican response. Digging Deeper To my students and subscribers who watched Biden’s speech and Britt’s response, I have the following questions: On a grading scale of F to A, with F meaning “failure,” a D being “below average,” a C being “average,” a B being “good,” and…

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A Brief History Epic science fiction fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Dune: Part Two on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD on 6001 Canal Rd. in Valley View, OH 44125!  For your chance to get a pass, please log on to https://wbtickets.com/DUNE2HHVV26.  Passes are first-come, first-serve.  Only 25 pairs of passes are available due to this screening event being a very “hot ticket!”  The theater is overbooked slightly to ensure a full audience.  Therefore, seating is not guaranteed.  So, please arrive early! …

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