Posts tagged rome
Posts tagged rome
Something to look forward too?
For those who missed it, good interview last night on the Colbert Report with Anthony Everitt about his book “The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire.” Best part: when Colbert and Everitt discuss their favourite emperors, and then Colbert randomly spews Latin because he can….
Bronze Statuette of a Rider Wearing an Elephant Skin, Hellenistic Period, 3rd century B.C., bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A Greek Bronze Rider, Hellenistic Period, c. 2nd-1st century B.C., bronze. Sold at Christie’s New York, 2008
Young Horse-Rider, 1st century A.D., bronze. National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul
“The Roman Empire seems a particularly natural fit for A Song of Ice and Fire, since George RR Martin’s fantasy world already incorporates elements of the Roman Empire in the wall that separates Westeros from the distinctly Scottish-accented Wildings* …
This article, which contains a complete survey of the surviving references to medical cannabis in Greek and Latin literature, up-dates the last serious treatment of the subject (Brunner 1973).Though it eventually became commonplace, cannabis seems to have been largely unknown to the Greeks in the fifth century BCE, when Herodotus wrote his description of the hemp vapor-baths used by the ancient Scythians, which constitutes the earliest reference in Greek literature. While its use in medicine is not attested until the first century CE, it was evidently well established by then. The Roman writer Pliny the Elder records several medical uses, but comparison with Greek writers suggests that he is sometimes mistaken, and there is no secure evidence for the medical use of cannabis by the Romans. Greek writers, on the other hand, report the use of cannabis in treating horses–especially for dressing sores and wounds–and in treating humans. Here we find the dried leaves used against nosebleed and the seeds used against tape- worms, but the most frequently mentioned treatment involves steeping the green seeds in a liquid such as water or a variety of wine, then pressing out the liquid, which when warmed was instilled into the ear as a remedy for pains and inflammations associated with blockages. Many sources also observe that the seeds, when eaten in quantity, dry up the semen; a passage in Aëtius shows that they could be prescribed as part of the treatment for teenaged boys (and girls) afflicted by nocturnal emissions.