Found! World's Oldest Cheese From Ancient Egypt

The cheese, which is believed to be approximately 3,200 years old, was found while the team was excavating the tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Among a group of jars found at the site, one unbroken jar had a mysterious white mass. It was found with a canvas cloth. So the archaeologists thought it might be some sort of food, that had once been covered with a cloth, and had the white mass tested. As you probably guessed from the title of this post, it was cheese!

Technically, it contained “a dairy product obtained by mixing sheep/goat and cow milk.” Since the canvas cloth wouldn't have stopped a liquid, like milk, from escaping over time then it was likely a solid cheese.

Assyrians Did Not Skip Leg Day

Or maybe they just knew the ladies love well-shaped calves... Anyway, this is from a relief at the palace of Ashurnasirpal II. The leg is a genie’s leg: genies were beings that existed during a godlike generation of humanity, so maybe that’s why they have such well-defined leg muscles.

A Crystal Pendant With Hathor's Head

From Nubia, sometime between 743 and 712 BCE. It was found in the tomb of an unknown queen of King Piankhy (also called King Piye).

Famous stutterers from history include Moses, Greek orator Demosthenes, Friedrich Nietzsche, King George VI of England, Winston Churchill, and Marilyn Monroe.

In Ancient Greece, Cooking Was Magic!

In ancient Greece, the word for "cook," "butcher," and "priest" was all the same: mageiros, which shares its etymological root with the word "magic."

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    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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