greece and rome

Podcast – Greek and Roman bathing

In this podcast I’m discussing how the Romans and Greeks bathed, probably. I start with the development of bathing, what made Menelaus the Liberace of rubber-ducky time and finish with a chat about what went on in the Roman baths. Content is clean but there is some adult references, thanks to Martial.  

Between the rockery and a hard place. Priapus and the garden gnome.

From Germany to the UK. In 1847 Sir Charles Isham journeyed back from Germany and returned with 21 smaller friends. These were small figures which themselves had evolved from what the Italians had called Gobbi. The garden gnome had arrived. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the term ‘gnome’ entered usage in England and after the …

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Bees in Antiquity Part Two: Greece and Rome

As we have seen in the previous article, apiculture had become a sophisticated industry by the time Homer was composing epithets and gruesome deaths. The Mediterranean and its trade routes facilitated an easy exchange of ideas and technologies. One civilisation, the Minoan  may well have passed on technologies or offered alternatives to those already used …

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