Opening the Way to India
Possibly being overjoyed by the tales of mythical exploits of Heracles, Semiramis, the fabled queen of Assyria, Cyrus, King of Persia and so on, Alexander the Great set out from the tiny kingdom of Macedon for a daring adventure, unheard...
Truths Wrapped in Fiction: Mesopotamian Naru Literature
Originality in literary compositions in the ancient world did not carry the same weight and value as it does today. In recent centuries, authors have been applauded for the creation of original works and have been derided for plagiarism or...
In Darwin's Footsteps - Te Waimate Mission
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical region in New Zealand's far north and is a popular destination for big-game fishing, sailing, and dolphin watching. It is an area rich in the history of Maori (Māori in their own language) and European...
Ten Notorious Dutch Pirates
While there have been pirates and privateers of all nationalities, some Dutch mariners were particularly troublesome in the early modern period, targeting, in particular, the Spanish Main but also shipping in the eastern Atlantic and the...
Young Roman as Asclepius
Marble statue of a young Roman as Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. From Formiae in Campina, 2nd Century BCE. marble. Nye Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Ancient Egyptians
Religion was interwoven throughout the life of ancient Egypt, and was connected to Egyptian mythology, science, and medicine to name a few. From the mightiest Pharaonic king to the farmers harvesting abundant wheat harvests, the belief of...
Daily Life in a Medieval Monastery
Monasteries and other religious institutions such as priories and nunneries were a quintessential part of the medieval landscape and an important component of a community's social fabric. Providing spiritual guidance, employment, education...
Sard gem engraved with a winged caduceus combined with a club. Heka, the patron god of magic and medicine in Egypt was said to have killed two serpents and entwined them on a staff as a symbol of his power; this symbol of the medical arts...
Roman Woman as Hygieia
A Roman woman as Hygieia, Goddess of Health, from minturnae in Campania, 2nd cenury CE, marble. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with ReMake and ReCap from AutoDesk. for more updates, please consider to follow me on Twitter...
Medieval Islamic Medicine
Something of a truth I find in most books is that the implied themes almost always impart the more powerful lessons, and it is definitely true of Medieval Islamic Medicine. The importance of this book is difficult to quantify, as it is...