Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) - The Judgement
(Above) -Twelve Gods seated in Order, as judges before a table of offerings. (Below) - The Psychostasia of Weighing of the Conscience of Ani. The Jackal-headed Anubis trying (in the balance) the heart of the deceased against the feather (symbolising the law). On the left, Ani and his wife cn be seen in a pose of devotion; on the right an Ibis-headed Thoth, the Scribe of the Gods, notes down the resultsof this trial, whilst behind, the monster Amemit, the Devourer, looms menacingly. On the left of the balance, Shai (Destiny) with two Goddesses Renenit and Meschenit behind, all under the soul of Ani (symbolisedby a human-headed hawk and the symbol of a cradle). Date: around 1550 BCE
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Vespasian, Roman emperor
Vespasian (9 AD-79 AD), Roman emperor. Vespasian was the ninth emperor of the Roman Empire, ascending to power after a year of civil wars and ruling for nearly 10 years from 69 AD until his death. This artwork is from a 1691 Dutch edition of a collection of works by the Roman historian Suetonius, best known for his 121 AD work 'De Vita Caesarum' (On the Life of the Caesars, or 'The Twelve Caesars'). The Latin text at bottom describes the emperor and names the engraver of this artwork as Joannes Schildius. The editor of the book was the German philologist Johannes G. Graevius (1622-1703).
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Periodic table, computer artwork. This table shows the chemical elements arranged in order of atomic number (the number of protons in the nucleus). Elements with similar chemistry occur in the same group (vertical column). Some groups are colour-coded: alkali metals (yellow, left, except H); alkaline-earth metals (purple with white text); transition metals (blue, centre); other metals (purple with yellow text, centre right); halogens (dark orange); inert gases (yellow, far right). The lanthanide and actinide series of elements (dark blue with white text) are shown in the lower two rows.
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