After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World

June 6, 2011 By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD M. Spencer Green/Associated Press Martha Roth, dean of humanities at the University of Chicago, and Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute there.   Ninety years in the making, the 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects, unspoken for 2,000 years […]

BBC Russian radio hits the off switch after 65 years

EUROPE 22 March 2011 Last updated at 21:44 ET By Steven EkeEditor, BBC Russian Service At the end of this week, the BBC’s Russian Service will close its radio frequencies for good. The Russian Service began broadcasting to the Soviet Union in 1946 and quickly established a reputation with Soviet listeners, in the brief period before the […]