Detail of ‘The Love Potion’ (1903) by Evelyn de Morgan. Unlike the creation of this woman, Locusta of Gaul’s potions were made in hatred. Source: Public Domain
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 12:49

Poison was always the silent killer. Kings and emperors fell prey to it as easily as an unsuspecting servant. Throughout medieval and classical history, poison and those who knew how to prepare it played a huge role in the internal affairs of many a court.

Marforio at the Musei Capitolini (Public Domain)
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 22:20

Medieval Italy gave birth to the most talented sculptors, such as Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Rome hosts some of the most famous sculptures such as the Pieta, Moses, David and the busts of several popes. 

Conservators discovered a silver casket, in which the relics of St. Jadwiga of Silesia were placed 250 years ago.            Source:
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 21:44

The bones of a Polish saint that have been lost for centuries have been re-discovered by chance during restoration work in a Christian basilica in Silesia.

Representative image of the philosopher Anaximander.
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 20:35

Anaximander of Miletus was a Pre-Socratic philosopher. Many scholars regard him as the first metaphysician due to his belief in the “Boundless.” Despite their faults, his views opened up the cosmos for others and make him one of the first speculative astronomers.

Main: Çatalhöyük after the first excavations by James Mellaart. Inset: Dr. Harabasz excavating some of bones.           Source: Omar Hoftun / CC BY-SA 3.0 &  Çatalhöyük Research Project / Jason Quinlan
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:57

An archaeologist researching in Turkey has discovered ancient homes containing their owners’ bones.

The Deadly Elixir of Life – Was a Shot at Immortality Worth the Risk?
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 13:02

The elixir of immortality (known also as the elixir of life) is a mythical substance believed to grant those who consume it eternal life. Various civilizations throughout human history have their own version of the elixir of immortality.