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  • Heritage Day (Canadian holiday)

    Heritage Day, Canadian holiday celebrating the country’s history and architecture. Heritage Day is not an official national holiday, though it is widely recognized throughout Canada. For most of Canada’s provinces, Heritage Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, however, there are some

  • Heritage Foundation (American think tank)

    Heritage Foundation, U.S. conservative public policy research organization, or think tank, based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values,

  • Heritage Hill National Historic District (district, Burlington, Iowa, United States)

    Burlington: The Heritage Hill National Historic District contains many restored 19th-century homes and includes Snake Alley, a twisting, brick-paved street built in 1894 to allow horse-drawn carriages to gradually climb the steep hill from the riverbank. The Apple Trees Historical Museum, housed in railroad magnate Charles E.…

  • Heritage of the Desert (film by Hathaway [1932])

    Henry Hathaway: Early work: …helmed his first feature film, Heritage of the Desert. The western starred Randolph Scott, and over the next several years the two men made a number of B-films in the genre. In 1934 Hathaway moved to more prominent properties with Now and Forever, which starred Shirley Temple and two of…

  • Heritage of the Kurts, The (work by Bjørnson)

    Norwegian literature: Toward the modern breakthrough: …byen og på havnen (The Heritage of the Kurts); Lie’s novels Gaa paa! (“Go Ahead!”), Livsslaven (“The Life Convict”; Eng. trans. One of Life’s Slaves), and Familjen paa Gilje (The Family at Gilje); and Kielland’s Skipper Worse (Eng. trans. Skipper Worse), Gift (“Poison”), and

  • Heriz carpet

    Heriz carpet, floor covering handmade in any of a group of villages near the town of Herīs, lying east of Tabrīz in northwest Iran. Heriz carpets—primarily room-sized, stout, serviceable, and attractive—have found ready markets in Europe and the United States. They are an offshoot, apparently, of

  • Herkimer (New York, United States)

    Herkimer, village, seat (1791) of Herkimer county, central New York, U.S., on the north bank of the Mohawk River, 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Utica. The site, settled about 1725 by Palatinate Germans, was known as German Flats. Fort Dayton was built in 1776 during the American Revolution, and

  • Herkimer (county, New York, United States)

    Herkimer, county, central New York state, U.S. The northern arm of the county lies in the Adirondack Mountains, while the southern section consists of a hilly upland. The principal streams are the Black, Independence, Mohawk, and Moose (north and south branches) rivers, as well as the New York

  • Herkimer, Lawrence (American cheerleader)

    cheerleading: The cheerleading renaissance: …“founding father” of that industry, Lawrence Herkimer, was himself a cheerleader at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 1948 Herkimer started the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), which is headquartered in Dallas, and the younger but larger Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) is based in Memphis.

  • Herkimer, Nicholas (American general)

    Nicholas Herkimer, American general during the American Revolution who led American militiamen in the Battle of Oriskany (August 6, 1777). Herkimer grew up in New York’s Mohawk Valley, which during the Revolution was sharply divided between patriots and loyalists and was subject to ferocious Indian

  • Herlen (river, Asia)

    Mongolia: Drainage: …third longest river, the Kherlen (Kerulen), runs south from its source in the Khentii Mountains before turning eastward and flowing across eastern Mongolia and into Lake Hulun (Mongolian: Dalai Nuur) in northeastern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. The largest rivers draining into the Great Lakes region of the Mongolian…

  • Herlihy, James Leo (American actor and author)

    James Leo Herlihy, U.S. novelist, playwright, and actor (born Feb. 27, 1927, Detroit, Mich.—died Oct. 21, 1993, Los Angeles, Calif.), specialized in portraying troubled adolescents and characters living on the fringe of society in novels brimming with gritty realism, including All Fall Down (

  • Herling, Gustaw (Polish writer)

    Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish-born writer (born May 20, 1919, Kielce, Pol.—died July 4, 2000, Naples, Italy), wrote novels, short stories, diaries, and critical essays but was best known for Inny Swiat (1953; first published in London in English as A World Apart in 1951), a stirring memoir of t

  • Herling-Grudzinski, Gustaw (Polish writer)

    Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish-born writer (born May 20, 1919, Kielce, Pol.—died July 4, 2000, Naples, Italy), wrote novels, short stories, diaries, and critical essays but was best known for Inny Swiat (1953; first published in London in English as A World Apart in 1951), a stirring memoir of t

  • herm (Greek religion)

    Herm, in Greek religion, sacred object of stone connected with the cult of Hermes, the fertility god. According to some scholars, Hermes’ name may be derived from the word herma (Greek: “stone,” or “rock,” such as a boundary or landmark). With the development of artistic taste and the conception of

  • herma (Greek religion)

    Herm, in Greek religion, sacred object of stone connected with the cult of Hermes, the fertility god. According to some scholars, Hermes’ name may be derived from the word herma (Greek: “stone,” or “rock,” such as a boundary or landmark). With the development of artistic taste and the conception of

  • Hermaeum, Cape (peninsula, Tunisia)

    Sharīk Peninsula, peninsula of northeastern Tunisia, 20 miles (32 km) wide and protruding 50 miles (80 km) into the Mediterranean Sea between the Gulfs of Tunis and Hammamet. The ruins of the old Punic town of Kerkouane, which date from the 6th century bce, are located there. During World War II it

  • Herman de Valenciennes (French poet)

    Herman De Valenciennes, French poet known for a scriptural poem that was very popular in his time. Born at Valenciennes, he became a priest and wrote the Histoire de la Bible (after 1189), including the Old and New Testaments in an abridged form, and a separate poem on the Assumption of the Virgin.

  • Herman Miller, Inc. (American company)

    Herman Miller, Inc., American furniture company known for innovations in design and in organizational management. In 1923 D.J. DePree joined with his father-in-law, Herman Miller, and other investors to purchase the Star Furniture Company of Zeeland, Michigan (the company was later named for

  • Herman’s Herd (American musical group)

    Woody Herman: …Herman’s band, then known as Herman’s Herd, was noted for its exuberance and technical brilliance. It had its own radio show, appeared in motion pictures (such as New Orleans, 1947), and in 1946 performed Igor Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto at Carnegie Hall. As did many other bandleaders after World War II,…

  • Herman’s Hermits (British musical group)

    British Invasion: …the Mindbenders (“Game of Love”), Herman’s Hermits (“Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”), the Rolling Stones (“[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction” and others), the Troggs (“Wild Thing”), and Donovan (“Sunshine Superman”) all topped Billboard’s singles chart. These charming invaders had borrowed (often literally)

  • Herman, Arthur (historian)

    Scottish Enlightenment: Legacy: …or, simply, “modernity,” as historian Arthur Herman has characterized it. Alternatively, it has also been described more specifically in terms of institutions, styles of thinking and writing, or seminal works of philosophy or literature. Likewise, traces of the Scottish Enlightenment can be identified in many major cultural, political, and philosophical…

  • Herman, Edward (American economist)

    Noam Chomsky: Politics: … (1988), Chomsky and the economist Edward Herman analyzed the reporting of journalists in the mainstream (i.e., corporate-owned) media on the basis of statistically careful studies of historical and contemporary examples. Their work provided striking evidence of selection, skewing of data, filtering of information, and outright invention in support of assumptions…

  • Herman, Gerald (American songwriter)

    Jerry Herman, American songwriter. Herman studied drama in Miami, Florida, and wrote for TV but soon switched to theatre. After some Off-Broadway successes, his Milk and Honey (1961, Tony Award) opened on Broadway. The wildly successful Hello, Dolly! (1964; film, 1969) won 10 Tony Awards. Later

  • Herman, Jerry (American songwriter)

    Jerry Herman, American songwriter. Herman studied drama in Miami, Florida, and wrote for TV but soon switched to theatre. After some Off-Broadway successes, his Milk and Honey (1961, Tony Award) opened on Broadway. The wildly successful Hello, Dolly! (1964; film, 1969) won 10 Tony Awards. Later

  • Herman, Mildred (American ballet dancer)

    Melissa Hayden, Canadian-born ballet dancer, whose technical and dramatic skills shone in the many and various roles she created. Hayden began studying dance while a schoolgirl. In 1945 she went to New York City and found a position in the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall. Within a few

  • Herman, Saint (Russian monk)

    Eastern Orthodoxy: Orthodoxy in the United States: Among them was St. Herman (canonized 1970), an ascetic and a defender of the indigenous people’s rights against ruthless Russian traders. After the sale of Alaska to the United States, a separate diocese “of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska” was created by the Holy Synod (1870). After the…

  • Herman, Woodrow Charles (American musician)

    Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader, and singer who was best known as the front man for a succession of bands he dubbed “herds.” Herman was a child prodigy who sang and danced in vaudeville at age six. Soon after, he began playing the saxophone and later the clarinet.

  • Herman, Woody (American musician)

    Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader, and singer who was best known as the front man for a succession of bands he dubbed “herds.” Herman was a child prodigy who sang and danced in vaudeville at age six. Soon after, he began playing the saxophone and later the clarinet.

  • Hermanaricus (king of Ostrogoths)

    Ermanaric, king of the Ostrogoths, the ruler of a vast empire in Ukraine. Although the exact limits of his territory are obscure, it evidently stretched south of the Pripet Marshes between the Don and Dniester rivers. The only certain facts about Ermanaric are that his great deeds caused him to be

  • hermandad (Spanish organization)

    Hermandad, (Spanish: “brotherhood”), in medieval Castile, any of a number of unions of municipalities organized for specific ends—normally for police purposes or for defense against the aggressions of magnates. They emerged in the 12th century as temporary associations but later became permanent.

  • Hermann (German leader)

    Arminius, German tribal leader who inflicted a major defeat on Rome by destroying three legions under Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Teutoburg Forest (southeast of modern Bielefeld, Germany), late in the summer of 9 ce. This defeat severely checked the emperor Augustus’s plans, the exact nature

  • Hermann Balk (German military leader)

    Teutonic Order: Eastern Europe and Prussia.: …by the Landmeister (provincial leader) Hermann Balk and using an army of volunteer laymen recruited mainly from central Germany, the Teutonic Knights began the conquest of Prussia. During the next 50 years, having advanced from the lower Vistula River to the lower Neman (Niemen, Nemunas) River and having exterminated most…

  • Hermann I (landgrave of Thuringia)

    Hermann I, landgrave of Thuringia and count palatine of Saxony who helped defeat the Hohenstaufen emperor Henry VI’s attempt to transform the German kingdom from an elective into a hereditary monarchy. Hermann received the Saxon palatinate about 1180 from his brother Louis III. On Louis III’s death

  • Hermann of Salm (antiking of Germany)

    Germany: The civil war against Henry IV: …the demise of another antiking, Hermann of Salm, in 1088, the war in Germany degenerated into a number of local conflicts over the possession of bishoprics and abbeys. Henry was also successful in the larger struggle with Gregory, invading Italy and forcing the pope from Rome in 1084. At that…

  • Hermann the Lame (German scholar)

    Hermann Von Reichenau, German chronicler, poet, composer, astronomer, and mathematician. A contemporary of the Holy Roman emperor Henry III, Hermann von Reichenau is historiographically important as a primary source for some events of his own time in Germany. The son of a Swabian count, Hermann w

  • Hermann und Dorothea (play by Goethe)

    German literature: Weimar Classicism: Goethe and Schiller: …epic, as in his idyll Hermann und Dorothea (1797), for example, which portrays in Greek hexameters the fate of German refugees from the French Revolution. But Goethe and Schiller did not shun modern genres, such as the ballad or, in Goethe’s case, the novel. With his Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795–96;…

  • Hermann von Reichenau (German scholar)

    Hermann Von Reichenau, German chronicler, poet, composer, astronomer, and mathematician. A contemporary of the Holy Roman emperor Henry III, Hermann von Reichenau is historiographically important as a primary source for some events of his own time in Germany. The son of a Swabian count, Hermann w

  • Hermann von Salza (German crusader)

    Hermann Von Salza , German grand master (Hochmeister), from 1210 to 1239, of the organization of German crusaders called the Teutonic Order. Born to a minor aristocratic family of Thuringia, Hermann had made his way by sheer ability to the powerful office of grand master of the Teutonic Order by

  • Hermann, Eduard (German linguist)

    Eduard Hermann, German linguist who specialized in comparative studies of Indo-European languages and whose exhaustive linguistic exegesis of passages from Homer is a model of its kind: Sprachwissenschaftlicher Kommentar zu ausgewählten Stücken aus Homer (1914; “Linguistic Commentary on Selected

  • Hermann, Gottfried (German classical scholar)

    Gottfried Hermann, German classical scholar who led a school contending that the emphasis in classical philology should be on linguistic, rather than historico-antiquarian, research. His entire professional life was spent at the University of Leipzig. His earlier work resulted in his two most

  • Hermann, J. H. (German engineer)

    planimeter: Hermann, a Bavarian engineer. Improved mechanisms were invented by the British mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1855) and the Scottish engineer James Thomson (1876). So far as is known, Maxwell never actually built a working model of his invention, which he called a platometer, but…

  • Hermann, Johann Gottfried Jakob (German classical scholar)

    Gottfried Hermann, German classical scholar who led a school contending that the emphasis in classical philology should be on linguistic, rather than historico-antiquarian, research. His entire professional life was spent at the University of Leipzig. His earlier work resulted in his two most

  • Hermann, R. (German chemist)

    cholera: Development of treatments: …was made by the chemist R. Hermann, a German working at the Institute of Artificial Mineral Waters in Moscow during the 1831 outbreak. Hermann believed that water should be injected into the victims’ veins to replace lost fluids. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, a young British physician, reported in The Lancet (1831)…

  • Hermann, Wilhelm (German theologian)

    Wilhelm Herrmann, liberal German Protestant theologian who taught that faith should be grounded in the direct experience of the reality of the life of Christ rather than in doctrine. A disciple of Albrecht Ritschl, whose emphasis on ethics and rejection of metaphysics he continued, Herrmann was

  • Hermannia verticillata (plant)

    Honey bell, (Hermannia verticillata), a rambling shrub of the mallow family (Malvaceae), native to Africa. Widely cultivated indoors, chiefly as a basket plant, it grows up to 15 cm (6 inches) tall and bears, in pairs, fragrant yellow flowers that are about 1.5 cm (0.6 inch) long and have five flat

  • Hermanns Mountain (mountain, Austria)

    Vienna: Layout and architecture: … (Kahlenberg) and the 1,778-foot (542-metre) Hermanns Mountain (Hermannskogel), Vienna’s highest point. The Vienna Woods slope to the river in four roughly semicircular terraces, with the Innere Stadt occupying the second lowest terrace. The city has a mean altitude of 1,804 feet (550 metres), but different sections vary considerably in height.

  • Hermannsdenkmal (monument, Detmold, Germany)

    Teutoburg Forest: The Hermannsdenkmal, a colossal metal statue built in the 19th century to commemorate the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (fought ad 9), in which Germanic tribes led by Arminius (German: Hermann) annihilated three Roman legions, stands outside Detmold on the northeastern slope. Numerous health and holiday…

  • Hermannskogel (mountain, Austria)

    Vienna: Layout and architecture: … (Kahlenberg) and the 1,778-foot (542-metre) Hermanns Mountain (Hermannskogel), Vienna’s highest point. The Vienna Woods slope to the river in four roughly semicircular terraces, with the Innere Stadt occupying the second lowest terrace. The city has a mean altitude of 1,804 feet (550 metres), but different sections vary considerably in height.

  • Hermannstadt (Romania)

    Sibiu, city, central Romania. It lies along the Cibin River at an elevation of 1,350–1,400 feet (410–425 metres) above sea level. Sibiu is situated on the north side of the Turnu Roșu (“Red Tower”) Pass, which links Transylvania to southern Romania across the Transylvanian Alps (Southern

  • Hermannus Contractus (German scholar)

    Hermann Von Reichenau, German chronicler, poet, composer, astronomer, and mathematician. A contemporary of the Holy Roman emperor Henry III, Hermann von Reichenau is historiographically important as a primary source for some events of his own time in Germany. The son of a Swabian count, Hermann w

  • hermano asno, El (work by Barrios)

    Eduardo Barrios: …and El hermano asno (1922; Brother Asno, 1969), an unusual episode in the life of a mentally disturbed monk who attacks a girl in order to be despised by those who consider him a living saint. Barrios’s most successful work was Gran señor y rajadiablos (1948; “Grand Gentleman and Big…

  • Hermans, Willem Frederik (Dutch author)

    Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch satirical novelist who vehemently attacked the ills and hypocrisies of society. Hermans’ early novels and stories are overcast with dark, disillusioned tones. De tranen der acacia’s (1949; “The Tears of the Acacias”), which features a feckless fighter, satirizes the

  • Hermansz, Jacob (Dutch theologian)

    Jacobus Arminius, theologian and minister of the Dutch Reformed Church who opposed the strict Calvinist teaching on predestination and who developed in reaction a theological system known later as Arminianism. His father died when Arminius was an infant, and one Theodore Aemilius adopted the child

  • Hermanubis (Greco-Roman god)

    Anubis: …Hermes in the composite deity Hermanubis.

  • hermaphrodite caliper (measurement device)

    caliper: A hermaphrodite caliper has one leg bent inward and one straight leg ending in a sharp point; this type of caliper is used for scribing lines at a specified distance from a flat or curved surface.

  • hermaphroditism (biology)

    Hermaphroditism, the condition of having both male and female reproductive organs. Hermaphroditic plants—most flowering plants, or angiosperms—are called monoecious, or bisexual. Hermaphroditic animals—mostly invertebrates such as worms, bryozoans (moss animals), trematodes (flukes), snails, slugs,

  • Hermaphroditus (Greek mythology)

    Hermaphroditus, in Greek mythology, a being partly male, partly female. The idea of such a being originated in the East; in the Greek area it appeared in Cyprus, and, although it was a favourite subject in later Greek art, it was of no importance as a Greek cult. A legend of the Hellenistic period

  • Hermas (Greek writer)

    Shepherd of Hermas: The author, Hermas, is known only through the autobiographical details given in the Shepherd. A Christian slave who was given his freedom, he became a wealthy merchant, lost his property, and did penance for past sins. He stated that he was a contemporary of Clement of Rome…

  • Hermas, Shepherd of (early Christian work)

    Shepherd of Hermas, a 2nd-century Christian writing that is one of the works representing the Apostolic Fathers, Greek Christian writers of the late 1st and early 2nd centuries. The author, Hermas, is known only through the autobiographical details given in the Shepherd. A Christian slave who was

  • Hermaszewski, Mirosław (Polish pilot)

    Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish pilot who was the first Pole in space. A 1965 graduate of the military pilot school in Deblin, Hermaszewski entered the Polish air force and in 1971 graduated from the Karol Sverchevski Military Academy. In 1976 he was selected from a pool of 500 pilots to participate

  • Hermenegild, St. (Visigoth prince)

    St. Hermenegild, ; canonized 1585; feast day April 13), Visigothic prince who is celebrated as a saint and martyr. Hermenegild was the son of Leovigild of Spain and was brought up in the Arian heresy. In 579 he married Ingund, the daughter of Sigebert I of Austrasia and a zealous orthodox Catholic.

  • hermeneutics (science of interpretive principles)

    historiography: Intellectual history: …was the source for the hermeneutical skills required for reading complex texts. The interpretation of ancient laws and religious doctrines was the workshop in which were forged the tools that were subsequently used in all historical work.

  • hermeneutics (principles of biblical interpretation)

    Hermeneutics, the study of the general principles of biblical interpretation. For both Jews and Christians throughout their histories, the primary purpose of hermeneutics, and of the exegetical methods employed in interpretation, has been to discover the truths and values of the Bible. A brief

  • Hermes (binary asteroid)

    Hermes, binary asteroid whose eccentric orbit takes it near Earth. It was discovered on October 28, 1937, by German astronomer Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth when it approached within about 742,000 km (461,000 miles) of Earth, about twice the distance of the Moon; because of its fast motion across the sky,

  • Hermes (ship)

    military aircraft: Early history: …following year the old cruiser Hermes was fitted with a short deck from which seaplanes took off on wheeled trolleys that were fitted under their floats and dropped away as the machines became airborne.

  • Hermes (Italian periodical)

    Italian literature: Literary trends before World War I: …reviews such as Leonardo (1903), Hermes (1904), La Voce (1908), and Lacerba (1913), founded and edited by relatively small literary coteries. The two main literary trends were Crepuscolarismo (the Twilight School), which, in reaction to the high-flown rhetoric of D’Annunzio, favoured a colloquial style to express dissatisfaction with the present…

  • Hermes (Greek mythology)

    Hermes, Greek god, son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia; often identified with the Roman Mercury and with Casmilus or Cadmilus, one of the Cabeiri. His name is probably derived from herma (see herm), the Greek word for a heap of stones, such as was used in the country to indicate boundaries or as a

  • Hermes Carrying the Infant Dionysus (sculpture by Praxiteles)

    contrapposto: …the completely relaxed 4th-century “Hermes Carrying the Infant Dionysus” by Praxiteles. The rhythmic ease of the contrapposto pose vastly enlarged the expressive possibilities of figure sculpture.

  • Hermes Trismegistos (Egyptian god)

    Hermetic writings: …the Egyptian god Thoth (Greek Hermes Trismegistos [Hermes the Thrice-Greatest]), who was believed to be the inventor of writing and the patron of all the arts dependent on writing. The collection, written in Greek and Latin, probably dates from the middle of the 1st to the end of the 3rd…

  • Hermes, Georg (German theologian)

    Georg Hermes, German Roman Catholic theologian, originator of the theological system called Hermesianism, which attempted to demonstrate the rational necessity of Christianity. His theology was deeply influenced by the philosophical works of Immanuel Kant and J.G. Fichte. Educated at the University

  • Hermesianax (Greek poet)

    Hermesianax, Greek elegiac poet from Colophon in Ionia, one of the first of the erudite and sophisticated exponents of Alexandrian poetry. His chief work was an elegiac poem in three books, dedicated to and named for his mistress Leontion. Some 98 lines of the poem were preserved by Athenaeus. The

  • Hermesianax of Colophon (Greek poet)

    Hermesianax, Greek elegiac poet from Colophon in Ionia, one of the first of the erudite and sophisticated exponents of Alexandrian poetry. His chief work was an elegiac poem in three books, dedicated to and named for his mistress Leontion. Some 98 lines of the poem were preserved by Athenaeus. The

  • Hermetic writings (Greek texts)

    Hermetic writings, works of revelation on occult, theological, and philosophical subjects ascribed to the Egyptian god Thoth (Greek Hermes Trismegistos [Hermes the Thrice-Greatest]), who was believed to be the inventor of writing and the patron of all the arts dependent on writing. The collection,

  • Hermetica (Greek texts)

    Hermetic writings, works of revelation on occult, theological, and philosophical subjects ascribed to the Egyptian god Thoth (Greek Hermes Trismegistos [Hermes the Thrice-Greatest]), who was believed to be the inventor of writing and the patron of all the arts dependent on writing. The collection,

  • Hermeticism (Italian literature)

    Hermeticism, modernist poetic movement originating in Italy in the early 20th century, whose works were characterized by unorthodox structure, illogical sequences, and highly subjective language. Although it influenced a wide circle of poets, even outside Italy, it remained inaccessible to the l

  • Hermeticism (religion)

    Hermetic writings: …into two main classes: “popular” Hermetism, which deals with astrology and the other occult sciences; and “learned” Hermetism, which is concerned with theology and philosophy. Both seem to have arisen in the complex Greco-Egyptian culture of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

  • hermeticity (industry)

    industrial glass: Glass seals: Hermeticity is often a desired result in glass sealing. A prime example of hermetic seals are in lightbulbs, in which metal conducting wires are sealed through glass in order to maintain an inert atmosphere inside the lamp envelope. Much of modern microelectronics involving thick-film technology…

  • Hermetism (religion)

    Hermetic writings: …into two main classes: “popular” Hermetism, which deals with astrology and the other occult sciences; and “learned” Hermetism, which is concerned with theology and philosophy. Both seem to have arisen in the complex Greco-Egyptian culture of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

  • Hermia (fictional character)

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: Meanwhile, two lovers, Hermia and Lysander, seek refuge in the forest near Athens when Hermia’s father demands that she marry Demetrius. Hoping to win Demetrius’s favour, Helena tells him their whereabouts and follows him to the forest, where he goes in search of Hermia. The forest is also…

  • Hermias (Seleucid official)

    Antiochus III the Great: …retained from the previous administration Hermias as chief minister, Achaeus as governor of Asia Minor, and Molon and his brother Alexander as governors of the eastern provinces, Media and Persis. In the following year, when Molon rebelled and assumed the title of king, Antiochus abandoned a campaign against Egypt for…

  • Hermingard van de Eikenterpen (work by Drost)

    Aernout Drost: Drost’s first novel, Hermingard van de Eikenterpen (1832; “Hermingard of the Oak Burial Mounds”), portraying the conversion of a Germanic woman to Christianity in 4th-century Holland, gave him scope for the development of his Romantic ideals and religious concepts. Drost’s career was short; he died at the age…

  • Herminone (German mythology)

    Germanic peoples: …into three groups—the Ingaevones, the Herminones, and the Istaevones—but the basis for this grouping is unknown. Tacitus records a variant form of the genealogy according to which Mannus had a larger number of sons, who were regarded as the ancestors of the Suebi, the Vandals, and others. At any rate,…

  • Hermione (fictional character)

    The Winter's Tale: …the courtesy between his wife, Hermione, and Polixenes as a sign of Hermione’s adultery with him. In a fit of jealousy, he attempts to have Polixenes killed, but Polixenes escapes with Camillo, Leontes’ faithful counselor, whom Leontes has sent to kill him. The pregnant Hermione is then publicly humiliated and…

  • hermit (religion)

    Hermit, one who retires from society, primarily for religious reasons, and lives in solitude. In Christianity the word (from Greek erēmitēs, “living in the desert”) is used interchangeably with anchorite, although the two were originally distinguished on the basis of location: an anchorite s

  • hermit (hummingbird)

    Hermit, any of several hummingbird species of the genus Phaethornis. See

  • hermit crab (crustacean)

    Hermit crab, any crab of the families Paguridae and Coenobitidae (order Decapoda of the class Crustacea). These crabs use empty snail shells (e.g., whelk or periwinkle) or other hollow objects as a shelter for partial containment and protection of the body. Their bodies lack a hard protected

  • Hermit Friars of Saint Augustine, Order of the (religious order)

    Augustinian:

  • hermit ibis (bird)

    ibis: The hermit ibis (Geronticus eremita), an endangered species, inhabits northern Africa and the Middle East. Its bill and the bare skin on its head are reddish. Breeding colonies once existed in central and southern Europe, Syria, and Algeria but are now known only in Turkey and…

  • Hermit Peak (mountain, New Mexico, United States)

    San Miguel: …the Southern Rocky Mountains, with Hermit Peak (10,263 feet [3,128 metres]) and Elk Mountain (11,661 feet [3,554 metres]) its highest summits. The county’s southwestern portion, including the Glorieta Mesa, is in the Basin and Range Province. From west to east the land descends, first across the Las Vegas Plateau, which…

  • hermit thrush (bird)

    nightingale thrush: An example is the hermit thrush (C. guttatus), 18 cm (7 inches) long, a famous singer that is found in Canadian and U.S. coniferous woodlands. Common in eastern broadleaf forests of the United States is a spotted, rusty-headed form, the wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), 20 cm (8 inches) long.…

  • Hermitage (museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

    Hermitage, art museum in St. Petersburg founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great as a court museum. It adjoined the Winter Palace and served as a private gallery for the art amassed by the empress. Under Nicholas I the Hermitage was reconstructed (1840–52), and it was opened to the public in 1852.

  • Hermitage Amsterdam (museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    Hermitage: …at home and abroad, the Hermitage Amsterdam, opened in the Netherlands in June 2009. Located on the Amstel River in the centre of Amsterdam, it is part of a larger effort to showcase the museum’s treasures in exhibits around the world.

  • Hermitage of Jesus (chapel, Murcia, Spain)

    Murcia: In the Hermitage of Jesus (Ermita de Jesús) are the majority of the Passion sculptures of Francisco Salzillo, which attract many visitors during Holy Week. The University of Murcia was founded in 1915.

  • Hermite, Charles (French mathematician)

    Charles Hermite, French mathematician whose work in the theory of functions includes the application of elliptic functions to provide the first solution to the general equation of the fifth degree, the quintic equation. Although Hermite had proved himself a creative mathematician at the age of 20,

  • Hermite, Tristan l’ (French author)

    Tristan l’Hermite, dramatist and poet, one of the creators of French classical drama. Long overshadowed by his contemporary Pierre Corneille, he was rediscovered in the late 19th century and continues to excite scholarly and critical interest. At the age of 11, Tristan was attached as page to the

  • Hermocrates (Syracusan diplomat)

    Hermocrates, leader of the moderate democrats of Syracuse, Sicily; he played an important role in saving the city from conquest by the Athenians between 415 and 413 bc. In 424, during the Peloponnesian War (431–404) between Athens and Sparta, Hermocrates persuaded the cities of Sicily to agree to

  • Hermodice carunculata (polychaete)

    fireworm: The body of H. carunculata, found in the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, is covered with fine, white, brittle bristles that break if touched; they easily become imbedded in human skin and produce a substance that is highly irritating.

  • Hermogenes of Priene (Greek architect)

    Western architecture: Hellenistic period: The 3rd-century architect Hermogenes of Priene codified the Ionic order in his books, and his buildings popularized new features in plan, notably the broad flanking colonnades (“pseudo-dipteral”), where the earlier Ionic temples of eastern Greece had set ranks of columns. For the first time the Corinthian order was…

  • Hermon, Mount (mountain, Lebanon-Syria)

    Mount Hermon, snowcapped ridge on the Lebanon-Syria border west of Damascus. It rises to 9,232 feet (2,814 metres) and is the highest point on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is sometimes considered the southernmost extension of the Anti-Lebanon range. At its foot rise the two major

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