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  1. Spooning in Early Modern Wales: The Sweet Symbolism of a Welsh Love Spoon

    ... it was once more common to present one’s loved ones with love spoons, “wooden (ivory or bone) spoons for symbolic/ceremonial rather than utilitarian purposes…” Beginning around 1667, Welsh love spoons joined an already rich tradition, and “spooning” a possible or ...

    Riley Winters - 14/04/2018 - 14:00

  2. The Tragic Fall of Solovetsky Monastery: From Religious Order to Labor Camp

    Located on the Solovetsky Islands of Russia’s White Sea, the Solovetsky Monastery is a fortified monastic complex that dates back to the 15th century. Initially, the monastery was home to a small community of Russian Orthodox monks, though over time, this grew into one of the largest and most important monasteries in Russia. The Solovetsky Monastery became an ideal site for those seeking to escape from the affairs of the world, as it was not easily accessible.

    dhwty - 13/02/2018 - 13:41

  3. Ancient Lovers: Five Touching and Sometimes Tragic Love Stories Before Romeo and Juliet

    Do you believe in true love? Are you a romantic in constant search of the one thing that so many ... are you one of those people who doesn’t have much faith in love, if any at all, and who mocks the bold “explorers” searching for their one true love? Do you believe in true love? Are you a romantic in constant ...

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 11/12/2017 - 18:58

  4. Four Ways to Love: How the Ancient Greeks Used Magic to Fulfil Hopes, Dreams, and Desires

    For the ancient Greeks, 'love' was categorized into distinct words, each representing a different kind ... from our ideas of generalizing all aspects and types of 'love' into a single word. This played a significant role when working with ... the intention of the magic would be focused on what kind of love or relationship a person was seeking to obtain or strengthen. ...

    marinasohma - 03/02/2017 - 13:48

  5. Love is a Battlefield: The Legend of Ishtar, First Goddess of Love and War

    As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to love’s capacity to bruise and confuse. Louise Pryke / ... The Conversation As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield . Such use of military words to express intimate, ...

    ancient-origins - 25/06/2017 - 14:04

  6. The Eternal Kiss of the Hasanlu Lovers Throws Up Questions of Ancient Love: Romance, Bromance or Something More Familial?

    ... Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, another story of star-crossed love and death, was set in Mantua too. Detail of Romeo and Juliet by ... Kiss of the Hasanlu Lovers Throws Up Questions of Ancient Love: Romance, Bromance or Something More Familial? ...

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 30/08/2017 - 19:01

  7. Heavy Hitters: 2,000-Year-Old Boxing Gloves Suggest Roman Soldiers Used to Duke It Out

    Still molded to the form of their former owner’s knuckles, boxing gloves found at the Roman site of Vindolanda in Northumberland, England hint at tales of soldiers increasing their battle skills, keeping up their fitness, and passing the time gambling on fights while stationed in the far northern lands of the empire.

    Alicia McDermott - 20/02/2018 - 23:01

  8. Being Lovesick Was a Real Disease in the Middle Ages

    Love sure does hurt, as the Everly Brothers knew very well. And while it is ... experience fairly unpleasant symptoms when in the throes of love. Nausea, desperation, a racing heart, a loss of appetite, an inability to sleep, a maudlin mood – sound familiar? Love sure does hurt, as the  Everly Brothers knew  very well. And while it ...

    ancient-origins - 14/02/2017 - 13:48

  9. Neolithic Romeo and Juliet? The Star-Crossed Lovers of Valdaro

    ... Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, another story of star-crossed love and death, was set in Mantua too. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by ... the skeletons in their near-perfect state. Day of Love – the Complex Origins of Valentine’s Day Exposing the Secret ...

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 21/01/2017 - 18:27

  10. How to Win Love and Ruin A Marriage in 5 Easy Steps: ‘Ars Amatoria’ by Ancient Love Guru, Ovid

    ... Armpits and Don’t Smell Like a Billy-Goat: Ovid’s Art of Love, Relationships and Adultery The Erotic Art of Ancient Greece ... ( Public Domain ) 5 Tips to Jeopardize Love While these are tidbits of advice are still rather wise, even now, ...

    Riley Winters - 10/04/2018 - 18:53

  11. Lovelock Cave: A Tale of Giants or A Giant Tale of Fiction?

    The Paiutes, a Native-American tribe indigenous to parts of Nevada, have an oral tradition that they told to early white settlers of the area about a race of red-haired, white giants or ‘barbarians’ that their ancestors referred to as the “Si-Te-Cah.”  The story was written down in 1882 by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, daughter of a Paiute Indian chief in her book Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.  These “giants” were described as being vicious, unfriendly and cannibalistic.  In this story, the Paiutes speak of a

    Bryan Hill - 15/05/2015 - 03:15

  12. The Lost Artifacts of Clover Hollow - Definite Proof of an Ancient Civilization or Just a Pile of Rocks?

    Buried meticulously and ceremonially around the foundations of rock formations aligned across Clover Hollow Mountain are strange and creative portable artifacts that will stretch the imagination of the most hardened critics. They are carved with the same artistic and overall method as the permanent megalithic structures they are found buried beneath. These ‘mini-me’ portables are smaller pieces of art and come in all sizes from large and heavy rocks down to talisman or pocket-size.

    Dave Miller - 18/11/2016 - 03:51

  13. Shave Your Armpits and Don’t Smell Like a Billy-Goat: Ovid’s Art of Love, Relationships and Adultery

    ... the everyday person as his Ars Amatoria  (“The Art of Love”). Born a year after the assassination of Julius Caesar, ... everyday person as his Ars Amatoria   (“The Art of Love”). At first glance, the three books of Ars Amatoria are a collection ...

    MartiniF - 19/06/2017 - 15:32

  14. Some Top Tips for Valentine’s Day … from Medieval Lovers

    ... founding charter , a society known as the “Court of Love” was set up in France in 1400 as a distraction from a particularly nasty ... in Paris for a splendid supper. Male guests were to bring a love song of their own composition, to be judged by an all-female panel. More ...

    ancient-origins - 14/02/2017 - 01:54

  15. In Ancient Mesopotamia, Sex among the Gods Shook Heaven and Earth

    ... and sharing households and familial duties. However when love went wrong, the consequences could be dire in both heaven and on earth. ... lovers during courtship. The less-than-smooth course of love in these myths, and their complex use of literary imagery, have drawn ...

    ancient-origins - 25/04/2018 - 01:48

  16. Plato’s Symposium: Is it Just a Joke?

    When talking about love in the classical age, we would be utterly remiss to not include ... guests are invited to stand up and give their account of love, its function, and origin. When talking about love in the classical age, we would be utterly remiss to not include Plato’s ...

    Van Bryan - 07/05/2018 - 13:58

  17. Freyr and Gerd: Lovesick Norse God Seeking Giantess

    ... Norse myth which tells of how the Vanir Freyr fell in love with the giantess Gerd, wooed her, and eventually convinced her to marry ... Norse myth which tells of how the Vanir Freyr fell in love with the giantess Gerd, wooed her, and eventually convinced her to marry ...

    dhwty - 01/03/2018 - 01:57

  18. Predjama Castle: The Castle in a Cave that Housed a Slovenian Robin Hood

    Once home to the Slovenian Robin Hood, Predjama Castle is a site rich in history. It is built into the mouth of a cave high up on a cliff and has a commanding view over the landscape. That position would have certainly helped a famed Slovenian knight when the army of the Holy Roman Emperor came knocking.

    dhwty - 05/02/2018 - 14:02

  19. Legendary Claddagh Rings: What are the True Origins of these Symbolic Irish Wedding Rings?

    ... Claddagh wedding ring represents friendship (the two hands), love (the heart), and loyalty (the crown). The earliest appearance of this ... considered tangible symbols of promises of friendship or love. Claddagh Ring Design Sign. ( CC BY 2.0 ) The ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 01/04/2017 - 18:55

  20. Aine: A Radiant Celtic Goddess of Love, Summer, and Sovereignty

    Aine is often remembered as a Celtic goddess of love. But she was also a deity of wealth, sovereignty, and the summer. Her ... Aine is often remembered as a Celtic goddess of love. But she was also a deity of wealth, sovereignty, and the summer. Her ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 28/11/2016 - 21:47

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