What is Almost History?
I’m Ian Chapman-Curry and this is Almost History.
Almost History is almost anything that didn’t quite make it from the drawing board into the history books. Most history books focus on plans that were put into operation, projects that were completed and things that actually happened.
But that is only part of the story. In fact, some of the most interesting stories from world history are found in the things that didn’t happen. History is littered with near misses, accidents, failed campaigns and unrealised utopias.
I’ve taken some of these from the footnotes, archives and asides and researched them to bring you the full stories.
How can I listen to the podcast?
You can listen to the podcast on the episodes page of this site. You can also listen on everything from iTunes to YouTube, Stitcher to SoundCloud.
Where should I start?
That depends – do you prefer to read articles or listen to podcasts?
You can pick either – the articles are the full transcripts for the podcast episodes, so whether you prefer to read or listen, you’ll get the same content.
Then, just start with whatever piques your interest. The episodes and articles are all standalone and don’t have to be heard or read in any particular order.
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Who is the woman at the top the page?
That is Κλειώ, or Clio the Proclaimer, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne and the muse of history. She is, along with her eight sisters, the source of divine creative inspiration Greek mythology.
You can call her Clio for short!
The site’s logo is based on a statue of Clio that is currently held in the Hall of the Muses in the Pio Clementino Museum, part of the Vatican Museums. There are some great photos of the Hall of the Muses in this photo collection.
The statues were discovered at the site of the so-called Villa of Cassius near Tivoli in Italy. They are exquisite survivors of classical sculpture. In the Hall of the Muses, the statues are presented in front of a striking red backdrop. Living up to their mythological powers, that gave me the inspiration to base the site’s design and logo around this image and colour scheme.
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Think of it as buying me a drink – any amount, no matter how small, would be gratefully accepted.
If you want to know more, would like to contribute ideas or articles or want to contact me, please email me directly on <cuzglc at gmail dot com> or contact me directly through the get in touch page.