Leonidas at Thermopylae, by Jacques-Louis David. 1814.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 04:09

Zack Snyder’s 2007 fantasy historical film, 300, has probably made the Battle of Thermopylae one of the most famous battles of the ancient world. It may be pointed out, though, that the film has more fantasy than history in it. Most people would be aware that the leader of the Greeks during the battle was Leonidas of Sparta.

De Materia Medica remedies book
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 01:11

Ancient Greeks, Vikings, Caucasians, prehistoric Siberians and Mongolians, and ancient Chinese emperors were all taken with the medicinal properties of the wild herb Rhodiola rosea (golden root or roseroot). Many centuries after it was introduced to Siberia, people there still say those who drink roseroot tea will live to be 100.

The ruins of the temple of Cybele at the imperial Roman palace complex Felix Romuliana in what is now Serbia
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 22:27

In a mountain valley in Serbia around 300 AD, Romans built a palace complex to honor the Emperor Gaius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, who was born in the area. In this palace, called Felix Romuliana, was a temple to the great nature goddess Cybele that was oriented differently than other Roman palaces.

Egyptian pottery fragment from the archeological site at Tel Aviv.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 15:00

Over a dozen pits used to store ancient beer have been found by archaeologists in Tel Aviv.

Manuscript of the Prose Edda - Norse Mythology
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 03:53

The tale of Norna-Gest goes down in literary record as a tale of destiny and a character’s attempt to fight it.  Not one of the titular Icelandic sagas, Norna-Gest’s story was recorded around the year 1300 in Nornagests þáttr and in Flateyjarbók, the latter a compilation of episodes and poems.

In Scaloria Cave stalactites on the cave ceiling and at right a mixture of stalactite fragments and human bone fragments, found during 2013 excavations
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 00:36

Archaeologists studying a cave in southeast Italy with remains of people who died 7,500 years ago say they have identified the first known cases in New Stone Age Europe of people scraping the flesh off of people’s bones after death. The researchers ruled out cannibalism or other violence as a cause of death.


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The High Priest is depicted tearing his robe in grief at Jesus' perceived blasphemy. Was this a calculated move to stop secrets from being revealed? Fresco, Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337).
Arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus made an extraordinary accusation that infuriated the priests and scribes of the holy city: “Every secret you’ve kept will become known. What you have whispered in hidden...

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A large bronze head with protruding eyes believed to depict those of Cancong, the semi-legendary first king of Shu (Source: Wikipedia)
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