A New Old Way To Get High

Did you know cannabis can be drunk? Edible cannabis, called bhang in Hindi, has been eaten and drunk in India since as early as 1,000 BCE.

Ancient Romans Didn't Believe Women Could Like Women

A lot of Romans simply didn’t believe lesbians existed. The poet Ovid called lesbianism “a desire known to no one,” musing that, “among all animals, no female is seized by desire for female.”

Ancient Egypt Affected By Climate Change?

Researchers recently claimed that ancient Egypt's highly advanced civilization may have been brought down by unrest, primarily caused by climate change and volcanoes. The study used modern climate science and Ptolemy-Dynasty texts to explore the impact of volcanic eruptions on the flow of the Nile River.

It found that riots were caused by famines, which happened due to natural events that reduced the summer flooding of the Nile River. Without a proper flood season, crop yield was low or the entire harvest was lost. And hungry citizens are not good citizens.

Roman Record Lasts For Almost 2,000 Years!

For millenia, the domed ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome was the largest dome in the world with no visible internal supports. It was made out of that famous Roman concrete and completed in 125 CE by Emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon's record was surpassed only in 1958, by the CNIT building in Paris. For those doing the math the Pantheon held the record for 1,833 years.

Who Were The Zapotec And Why Should You Care About Them?

The Zapotec civilization (600 BCE - 800 CE) established great cities in the Valleys of Oaxaca, in southwestern Mexico. Although not as famous as their predecessors, the Olmec, they developed the first writing system in the Americas. It was logosyllabic -- like cuneiform and Han Chinese characters -- where a glyph represented spoken syllables.

The faded remnants of the once-great Zapotec civilization were conquered in 1502 by the Aztec Empire. When the Spanish defeated the Aztec, the Zapotec king  Cosijoeza ordered his people to not attack the Spanish, but survive. After Spanish take over of the area, uprisings against colonial authorities occurred in 1550, 1560 and 1715.

Ancient inscriptions testify to widespread literacy in Judah by 600 BCE

Ceramic shards found within the remains of the remote ancient fortress of Arad tell the story. Studying 16 ink inscriptions, researchers found at least six different authors.

That suggests high degree of literacy in ancient Hebrew writing among officials of the military and administrative apparatus -- in other words, not just professional scribes -- in the kingdom of Judah before the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE.

Immigrants have been 'moving and mixing' across Europe since ancient times, DNA research reveals

Groundbreaking research into the DNA of early Europeans has allowed unprecedented insight into the movement of people and cultures across the ancient world. Carried out by a large team of scientists from several international institutions, the ambitious genetic analysis of hundreds of human specimens from the Neolithic period, Copper Age and Bronze Age represents a fundamental challenge to traditional views about migration throughout history.

No European is “from” anywhere, is the conclusion of the study.The assumption that present-day people are directly descended from the people who always lived in that same area – is wrong almost everywhere.

Re-Coloring An Ancient Roman Bust

Ancient Romans (and Greeks) didn’t have pure marble-white art. They painted their stone art to imitate real-life color. Take this bust for example, found at the tomb of Publius Vergilius Maro in Naples, Italy. When it was first placed at his tomb, the bust would have been painted like so.       Side note: Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BCE – 19 BCE) known to most simply as Virgil, was a famous poet who enjoyed the favor of the first Roman emperor Augustus.  

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