Friday, May 4, 2012

Score One for Social Studies

Correct map of Byzantine Empire under Justinian
I love this one.  At New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art ("The Met," that is), a thirteen-year-old visited the Byzantine Gallery.  When he took a close look at a map of the Byzantine Empire under Justinian, something seemed wrong.  He had a question for the museum staff.  Why weren't the regions in northern Africa and Spain included? 

It took a few months, but recently Benjamin Lerman Coady received an email from the Met's curator for Byzantine art, acknowledging the error in the Met's map. 

Some seventh-grade student (and teacher)!  And a good argument for more field trips  . . . .

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