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How Egyptian Papyrus Is Made: Watch Artisans Keep a 5,000-Year-Old Art Alive

In 2013, French Egyptologist Pierre Tallet discovered in an excavation site near the Red Sea “entire rolls of papyrus, some a few feet long and still relatively intact, written in hieroglyphics as well as hieratic, the cursive script the ancient Egyptians used for everyday communication,” Alexander Stille writes at Smithsonian. The scrolls contained the “Diary of Merer,” the journals of an official who led a transportation crew, and who observed the building of the largest of the pyramid...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, History, Egypt, Smithsonian, Pliny, Red Sea, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Pierre Tallet, Tallet, Harvard 's Digital Giza Project, Alexander Stille, University of Michigan Libraries


‘Healing’ Crystals are Having a Pandemic Moment

The Washington Post's Amanda McCracken recently wrote about the impact (or not) of crystals. You can decide for yourself. When my friend, a massage therapist, learned I was pregnant last winter, he gifted me a stunning large, clear piece of quartz he had bought during a recent crystal-foraging trip to Brazil. I welcomed the gift and the positive protective energy my friend said he could feel with his hands. I even placed it on the dinner table the night of my induction. It couldn’t...
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The most expensive racing pigeon sold for $1.9 million in China. Here's why people drop millions on these prized birds.

A pigeon sold for a record-breaking $1.9 million in China in November 2020, making it the most that a racing pigeon has ever been sold for. Messenger pigeons were used across ancient Egypt and Rome, and their high value isn't new. In 2018, two men tried to win the prize money at a pigeon race by smuggling their birds on a bullet train. In Taiwan, an organized criminal ring was kidnapping valuable racing pigeons and holding them at ransom.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Fo...
Tags: China, Iraq, Trends, Taiwan, Rome, Beijing, Egypt, Belgium, Pliny, Nadine, Armando, Charlie Floyd, Julius Neubronner, Anthony Martire, Geoff Barker


Theodore Roosevelt’s Heartwarming Letters to His Children

When Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency in 1901, he became, at 42 years old, the youngest president in the country’s history, and his children with wife Edith were similarly youthful in age. Theodore III (14), Kermit (12), Ethel (10), Archibald (7), and Quentin (4), along with seventeen-year-old Alice from TR’s first marriage, brought an unprecedented level of enthusiastic, early-years energy to the White House.  Though the responsibilities of his office were great, Roosevelt always trie...
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Extinction, Laserpicium.

Back in 2005, I posted about “Laserpithium” (i.e., lāserpīcium) and silphium; now graywyvern (who blogs at Diwan: A Wind) sends me this poem about them by A. E. Stallings: Extinction, Laserpicium    Quam magnus numerus Libyssae harenae    lasarpiciferis iacet Cyrenis    —Catullus 7 Consider silphium, extinguished flower, Kin to the wild carrot, Queen Anne’s lace, Fennel and dill, and rooted now no place On earth, that once was worth an empress’ dower, A Caesar’s ransom. Silp...
Tags: Uncategorized, Rome, Linguistics, Pliny, Anne, Nero, Caesar, Stallings


Practical joke or toy? Leather 'mouse' shows Romans' playful side

Unique 2,000-year-old discovery made by staff in lockdown at Northumberland’s Vindolanda MuseumThe Roman author Pliny the Younger advised “kissing the hairy muzzle of a mouse” as a cure for the common cold. His fellow countrymen linked mice to the god Apollo, who could bring deadly plague upon them with his arrows.So they might not have seen the funny side of a lifelike mouse made out of a strip of leather which has been newly discovered at the Roman fort of Vindolanda, south of Hadrian’s Wall, ...
Tags: UK News, Museums, Archaeology, Pliny, Northumberland, Roman Britain, Roman, Hadrian, Vindolanda, Hexham Northumberland Continue


The mystery of the Elder Pliny’s skull

Has part of the body of the Elder Pliny, the most famous Roman victim of Vesuvius, been recovered?  The story surrounding the relic is a source of continuing fascination.When Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E. the Elder Pliny was under 20 miles away. He was quite unaware that Vesuvius was a volcano, despite publishing Rome’s greatest encyclopedia the Natural History around two years earlier; he had not included this Campanian mountain alongside Etna in his review of the great volcanoes of the known wor...
Tags: Books, Milan, Featured, Rome, Etna, Pliny, Naples, Umbria, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Younger, Swiss Alps, Roman, Naples Italy, Varano, Monte


Is This Pliny The Elder’s Skull?

Over the last few years a pool of Italian biologists, anthropologists and geochemists conducted a series of forensic tests on the skull and accompanying lower mandible, which were unearthed 120 years ago on a shore not far from Pompeii. On Jan. 23 the scientists presented their findings at a conference in the museum. The skull, they concluded, squared with what was known about Pliny at his death, but the jawbone belonged to someone else. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Pliny, Issues, Pompeii, 02.22.20


Where to get a glass of Pliny the Younger before it’s all gone

It’s that time of year again — when hop heads go crazy for the release of Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company’s award-winning Triple IPA that’s 10.25% alcohol. The limited edition brew has taprooms, bars and restaurants rolling out all kinds of special events and tastings. Reservations and tickets go really fast for pours, so it’s best to follow your favorite bar’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Another helpful source is hoppedla.com which tracks Pliny offerings throughout Southern C...
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A Long-Lost Legendary Roman Fruit Tree Has Been Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds

"Scientists have cultivated plants from date palm seeds that languished in ancient ruins and caves for 2,000 years," writes ScienceAlert. schwit1 shared their report: This remarkable feat confirms the long-term viability of the kernels once ensconced in succulent Judean dates, a fruit cultivar lost for centuries. The results make it an excellent candidate for studying the longevity of plant seeds. From those date palm saplings, the researchers have begun to unlock the secrets of the highly soph...
Tags: Tech, Middle East, Pliny, North Africa, Herodotus Galen


Why Classics Were Lost.

The British Library’s Medieval manuscripts blog has a nice post about why “the number of classical writings that have actually survived is surprisingly low”; there are no new revelations, but it’s useful reading for those who aren’t au courant: Traditionally, barbarian invasions and Christian monks have been blamed for intentionally destroying works of the classical past. The image of burning books and libraries is often evoked in scholarship, fiction and films alike. While this may have occasio...
Tags: Europe, France, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Pliny, Mediterranean, Livy, Ovid, Eastern Mediterranean, History of Rome, Priscian, Virgil Cicero Horace


Why doesn't the heart shape look like an actual heart?

If our real hearts looked anything like the symbol that represents them, we'd all probably have a much harder time pumping blood through our bodies.The reason why the heart symbol looks nothing like the anatomical heart has its roots, oddly enough, in the economy of a Roman city called Cyrene.Cyrene's heart symbol became associated with love through a strange confluence of botany, philosophy, and sex. None It doesn't take a surgeon to note the pretty major discrepancy between how we draw our hea...
Tags: Sex, Love, Pregnancy, Rome, Innovation, Libya, Pliny the Elder, Pliny, Alexandria, Aristotle, North Africa, BCE, Northern Africa, Cyrene, Human body, Cyrene Cyrene


One of the Most Amazing Antiques I Have Ever Found

    After antiquing the entire morning at the brocante we went for lunch, we celebrated with our friend Joanne who had just received a copy of her new book (more about that tomorrow) plus we talked about what each of us had found during our morning hunt. Later with renewed energy, we went back to take a second look, I enjoy going back and walking the opposite way around at the brocante, taking it slow, looking under tables, in the back of the vans, looking at things I normally don't look at the...
Tags: Travel, Asia, England, France, living in France, Italy, Pliny, Alexandria, Provence, Herodotus, Margaret, Joanne, Brocante, Pergamon, Johannes Trithemius, French la Vie


An Animated Reconstruction of Ancient Rome: Take A 30-Minute Stroll Through the City’s Virtually-Recreated Streets

There are numerous ancient stories illustrating the gargantuan ego of the Emperor Nero. Some of these may rise to the level of historical character assassination. Nero did not, for example, fiddle while Rome burned. For one thing, the fiddle did not exist. For another, as the historian Tacitus records, although the emperor was miles away at his villa in Antium when the fires began, it’s said he returned to Rome and led relief efforts, paying for many of them out of his own pocket and hou...
Tags: Google, College, History, Rome, Vesta, Roma, Pliny, Venus, Pompey, Facebook Twitter, Julia, Nero, Suetonius, Caesar, Josh Jones, Caracalla


3 pieces of historical evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ

Jesus's historical existence is generally accepted among scholars.The evidence for the reality of Jesus Christ includes writings by historians, artifacts and eyewitness accounts.The spiritual and miraculous nature of Jesus is a different story. None Can we prove that Jesus Christ actually walked the Earth about 2,000 years ago? Without getting into the spiritual, science should be able to provide such an answer for a phenomenon that currently has about 2.2 billion adherents around the world, sho...
Tags: Religion, History, Earth, Rome, Palestine, Christianity, Innovation, Archaeology, Jesus, God, Christian, University of Cambridge, Christ, Pliny, Turin, James


16 Critics Who Changed the Way We Look at Art

Alina Cohen’s list for Artsy goes all the way back to Pliny and right up to Jerry (but not Roberta). It’s mostly white males (there’s one 6th-century Chinese scholar), but three of the seven 20th-century critics are women. (Also, it must be said that three or four individuals on this list would not be considered by most people to be art critics as such.)
Tags: Art, Pliny, Visual, Roberta, Jerry, Alina Cohen, 09.11.18


Animal of the month: 5 facts you should know about orcas

For centuries, orcas have accrued a myriad of different names: Orcinus orca (which translates roughly as “demon from hell”), asesinas de ballena (whale killers), Delphinus orca, grampus, thrasher, blackfish, killer whale, to name a few. The names of these animals are overtly violent, but what do we actually know about the alleged “demons from hell”? This month, we want look at the facts about killer whales, and debunk the centuries-old mystery and fear surrounding orcas. 1. Orca sightings were ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Dolphins, Trade, Blackfish, Pliny the Elder, Killer Whales, Orcas, Pliny, Marine Biology, Gaul, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Pixabay, Animal Science, Ostia Rome


Animal of the Month: 5 facts you should know about misnomered orcas

For centuries, orcas have accrued a myriad of different names: Orcinus orca (which translates roughly as “demon from hell”), asesinas de ballena (whale killers), Delphinus orca, grampus, thrasher, blackfish, killer whale, to name a few. The names of these animals are overtly violent, but what do we actually know about the alleged “demons from hell”? This month, we want look at the facts about killer whales, and debunk the centuries-old mystery and fear surrounding orcas. 1. Orca sightings were ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Dolphins, Trade, Blackfish, Pliny the Elder, Killer Whales, Orcas, Pliny, Marine Biology, Gaul, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Pixabay, Animal Science, Ostia Rome


A misnomered species: 5 facts you should know about orcas

For centuries, orcas have accrued a myriad of different names: Orcinus orca (which translates roughly as “demon from hell”), asesinas de ballena (whale killers), Delphinus orca, grampus, thrasher, blackfish, killer whale, to name a few. The names of these animals are overtly violent, but what do we actually know about the alleged “demons from hell”? This month, we want look at the facts about killer whales, and debunk the centuries-old mystery and fear surrounding orcas. 1. Orca sightings were ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Dolphins, Trade, Blackfish, Pliny the Elder, Killer Whales, Orcas, Pliny, Marine Biology, Gaul, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Pixabay, Animal Science, Ostia Rome


A List for Living ‘Lit’ (Ephesians 5:15-21): From the Voice that Matters Most

We share our opinions and insights at SBC Voices, but we believe that the Voice that matters most is the one that comes from God’s Word. We present these daily expositional devotions, beginning with a tour of Ephesians called, “Walk Worthy,” in hopes of encouraging our readers to remember to Voice above every voice. Passage: 15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but unders...
Tags: Religion, Voice, Belle, Grand Canyon, Pliny, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, PAUL, SBC, Nero, Holy Spirit, Trajan, Domitian, Devotional Posts


The Debunker: Was Pompeii Buried in Lava When Mount Vesuvius Erupted?

We usually think of volcanic eruptions as sudden and dramatic events, but that's not always the case. The Hawaiian volcano of Kilauea, for example, has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, covering 48 square miles of the state's "big island" with new lava. In honor of the thirty-fifth anniversary of Earth's longest-erupting volcano, Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings will be here all month providing explosive corrections to a lot of popular misinformation about volcanoes. The results might ...
Tags: Deals, Hollywood, Rome, Volcano, Mary Beard, Experts, Pliny the Elder, Kilauea, January, Pliny, Naples, Pompeii, Pompey, Trivia, Ken Jennings, Debunker


Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Glimpse Of Life During The Roman Empire At Its Height

Herculaneum excavations in Ercolano The excavated Roman towns of Pompeii and the less well known Herculaneum, give travelers a glimpse of Roman life, at the height of the Roman Empire. These ancient coastal resorts, at the base of Mt. Vesuvius in southern Italy, were partially demolished and then subsequently buried over 1,900 years ago. The cause of their destruction was a volcanic eruption in the year 79 C.E. (Common Era). It is our 11th stop in the series Journeys to Discovery. Pompeii an...
Tags: Travel, Time, Eu, Rome, Unesco, United States, Italy, Charles, Jupiter, Pliny, Mediterranean, Naples, Travel Blogs, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Campania


Depraved, Excessive Superstition

Ezekiel 34:11-16   Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. — Matthew 25:46     Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. You know what that means, right? Time to get out your Advent calendar. You might choose the “Pure Advent Calendar,” appropriate for all the purists out there. It’s available from Amazon for $385. Behind each door, there is, according to the advert, “a mix of beauty necessities from vitamin enriched hand creams, bath f...
Tags: Amazon, China, Religion, Jerusalem, Jesus, Sheep, Goats, Pliny, Matthew, Ezekiel, Trajan, Episcopal Cafe, Speaking to the Soul, Rosalind Hughes, Christ the King, Pliny the Younger


What’s going on in the shadows? A visual arts timeline

Although cast shadows lurk almost everywhere in the visual arts, they often slip by audiences unnoticed. That’s unfortunate, since every shadow tells a story. Whether painted, filmed, photographed, or generated in real time, shadows provide vital information that makes a representation engaging to the eye. Shadows speak about the shape, volume, location, and texture of objects, as well as about the source of light, the time of day or season, the quality of the atmosphere, and so on. Reattachin...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Featured, Movies, Media, Film, Painting, Visual Arts, Cinema, Literature, Victoria, Pliny the Elder, Rembrandt, Peter Pan


Life goes on in Northern California city hit hard by fire

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — At the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa’s downtown, life goes on amid the smoky haze. Maker of the popular Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger beers, the brewery closed for just one day after wildfires ripped through the city’s northern edge, part of a series of wind-whipped blazes […]
Tags: News, Pliny, Northern California, Santa Rosa, Nation & World, Santa Rosa Calif, Russian River Brewery


The coinage of the Roman Emperor Nerva (AD 96-98)

On 18 September, in AD 96, the 65 year-old senator, Nerva, became emperor of Rome (Figure 1). His predecessor, Domitian, was assassinated in the culmination of a palace conspiracy; there is no evidence that Nerva had anything to do with the plot. The Senate officially damned Domitian’s memory, erasing his name from public monuments and tearing down his statues and portraits. Rome’s senatorial aristocracy bitterly resented him on account of his autocratic governance and the excessive treason tria...
Tags: Books, Featured, Senate, History, Rome, Danube, Classics, Pliny, Art History, Coins, Ancient Rome, Roman, Wikimedia Commons, Roman Coins, Trajan, Domitian


Signs in the Heavens

Signs in the Heavens Matthew 24: 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The post on Saturday and Monday’s eclipse (saw it from wo...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Egypt, Kings, Jesus, Antares, Christ, Pliny, Matthew, Bethlehem, Peter, Mike, Daniel, PAUL, Luke, Joshua


How Did the Romans Make Concrete That Lasts Longer Than Modern Concrete? The Mystery Finally Solved

An explosion in recent years of so-called “ruin porn” photography has sparked an inevitable backlash for its supposed fetishization of urban decay and economic devastation. Documenting, as theorist Brian McHale , the “ruin in the wake of the deindustrialization of North American ‘Rust Belt’ cities” like Detroit, “ruin porn” shows us a world that only a few decades ago, thrived in a post-war economic boom that seemed like it might go on forever. Our morbid fascination with images from th...
Tags: Google, Science, College, History, Rome, Architecture, Davis, Guardian, Pliny the Elder, Jackson, Detroit, University Of California, Pliny, Facebook Twitter, University of Utah, Josh Jones


The Himalayan Codex: An R. J. MacCready Novel

The Himalayan Codex : https://goo.gl/aF3G4d AmmoLand Gun News USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- THE HIMALAYAN CODEX (Hardcover, William Morrow, On Sale: 6/6/2017, ISBN 13: 9780062412553, $26.99) by Bill Schutt, author of “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History” joined with co-author J.R. Finch.Bill’s recent book on cannibalism received rave reviews, with the New York Times pointing out, “Cannibalism is a jolly book, written in a breezy style, but the research behind it is impressive.” That same c...
Tags: Asia, Tibet, Guns, Book Reviews, New York Times, Brazil, Himalayas, Sasquatch, Pliny, Douglas Preston, William Morrow, Gun Rights News, USA Ammoland, Bill Schutt, MacCready, J R Finch Bill


The Debunker: Are Caesarean Sections Named for Julius Caesar?

Babies: they're everywhere, especially when we fly coach. But how much do we really know about them? Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame asked if he could spend April debunking some persistent misconceptions about babies, in hopes that it will persuade the universe to deliver Beyoncé's twins this month. Hey—she cancelled Coachella on doctor's orders. It could happen. The Debunker: Are Caesarean Sections Named for Julius Caesar? The Caesarean section is an increasingly popular way to deliver babie...
Tags: Deals, Beyonce, Babies, Rome, United States, Experts, Coachella, Pliny the Elder, Shakespeare, Pliny, April, Julius Caesar, Trivia, Caesar, Plutarch, Rubicon