In order to stop flies from landing on him, Pharaoh Pepi II Neferkare of Egypt always had several naked slaves nearby whose bodies were smeared with honey.
Although she is perhaps one of the most famous figures of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was not actually Egyptian. She was born in Alexandria (named after Alexander the Great), and was descended from Ptolemy I. Ptolemy was Macedonian Greek and a general under Alexander the Great. Following the death of Alexander Continue Reading
With the exception of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the days of the week are named after Norse Gods: Sunday Old English Sunnandæg meaning “Sun’s day”. Monday Old English Mōnandæg meaning “Moon’s day”. Tuesday Old English Tīwesdæg meaning “Tiw’s day”. Tiw (Týr in Norse) is a one-handed god associated with law and heroic glory. Continue Reading
The Roman’s believed that drinking Gladiator’s blood cured many ailments, including infertility and epilepsy. Pliny the Elder notes in his Natural History (Book XXVIII, II) The blood too of gladiators is drunk by epileptics as though it were a draught of life, though we shudder with horror when in the Continue Reading
The first recorded steam engine was designed by Heron of Alexandria in the first century AD and was known as an aeolipile. The Roman author Vitruvius describes one: “Æolipylæ are hollow brazen vessels, which have an opening or mouth of small size, by means of which they can be filled Continue Reading