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  1. 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 ... Roses are red Violets are blue, Presenting a spoon Means I love you While one often thinks of presenting his/her loved ... it was once more common to present one’s loved ones with love spoons, “wooden (ivory or bone) spoons for ...

    Riley Winters - 13/10/2020 - 20:17

  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. 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 ... from our ideas of generalizing all aspects and types of 'love' into a single word. This played a significant role when ... intention of the magic would be focused on what kind of love or relationship a person was seeking to obtain or ...

    marinasohma - 03/02/2017 - 13:48

  4. 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 ... 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 ...

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

  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 ...

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

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 02/07/2020 - 19:01

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

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

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

  8. 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

  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’ ... preserve the skeletons in their near-perfect state. Day of Love – the Complex Origins of Valentine’s Day Exposing ...

    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

    ... and Don’t Smell Like a Billy-Goat: Ovid’s Art of Love, Relationships and Adultery The Erotic Art of Ancient ... "Ars Amatoria" ( Public Domain ) 5 Tips to Jeopardize Love While these are tidbits of advice are still rather wise, ... Ovid soured his own relationships. Digitized Zoroastrian Love App! The Preserver or Destroyer of Ancient Ways? The ...

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

  11. Ancient Spells and Charms for the Hapless in Love

    Valentine’s Day is not all love, hearts, and roses for everyone. For the hapless in love, the day can be a yearly reminder of failed romances, unrequited love and the seemingly unending search for the illusive ...

    ancient-origins - 14/02/2020 - 22:49

  12. 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

  13. World’s Oldest Clove? Here’s What an Ancient Sri Lankan Discovery Says About the Early Spice Trade

    The history of the spice trade conjures up exotic images of caravans plying the Silk Road in storied antiquity as well as warfare between European powers vying for control of what, pound for pound, were among the most valuable commodities in the known world.

    ancient-origins - 29/01/2019 - 14:01

  14. The ‘Real’ St. Valentine Was No Patron of Love

    ... beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love. By Lisa Bitel / The Conversation On Feb. 14, ... beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love. Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical ... or any other Christian celebration. Chaucer and the love birds The love connection probably appeared more than a ...

    ancient-origins - 14/02/2019 - 19:02

  15. 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

  16. 2300-year-old Anchor Devoted to Goddess of Love Hauled Up

    ... a dedication to Aphrodite , the ancient Greek goddess of love. This find is allowing experts to understand the mindset ... site, retrieving the weight from the seafloor. Goddess of Love One of the anchor’s arms was inscribed with a dolphin ... It represents Aphrodite, who was the Greek goddess of love, passion, beauty and fertility. Her cult was derived ...

    Ed Whelan - 31/05/2020 - 18:56

  17. 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 ... the everyday person as his Ars Amatoria   (“The Art of Love”). At first glance, the three books of Ars Amatoria ... of short poems playing with the common tropes of love stories: the locked-out lover, the slave go-between, the ...

    MartiniF - 19/06/2017 - 15:32

  18. 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 ... Paris for a splendid supper. Male guests were to bring a love song of their own composition, to be judged by an ... a 15th-century miniature depicting an allegorical court of love (Royal 16 F II, f. 1) British Library There’s no ...

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

  19. 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 ... lovers during courtship. The less-than-smooth course of love in these myths, and their complex use of literary ... scholarly comparisons with the works of Shakespeare . Love poetry Ancient authors of Sumerian love poetry, ...

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

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

    ... heart is a recognizable symbol of Ireland and enduring love. It is hugely popular as a fashion accessory and a ... wedding ring represents friendship (the two hands), love (the heart), and loyalty (the crown). The earliest ... considered tangible symbols of promises of friendship or love. Claddagh Ring Design Sign. ( CC BY 2.0 ) The Historic ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 21/03/2019 - 21:38

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