Erotic spells were a popular form of magic. Professional magic practitioners charged fees for writing erotic charms, making enchanted dolls (sometimes called poppets), and even directing curses against rivals in love.
This thesis is a socio-cultural study of the Greek gymnasion in the Hellenistic period: its development, the factors that underpinned its adoption, and the role of native educational practices in that process.
Roman society was, in fact, highly stratified throughout and people of all social levels went to great lengths to better their lot in life and climb the social ladder.
Beards of Bygone Eras By Dylan Siebert Labyrinth, Issue 92 (2005) Excerpt: One very important trendsetter from antiquity was Alexander the Great, who is…
The procreation of children was acknowledged as the purpose of a Roman legal marriage. So it is not surprising that the climax of the wedding was the moment when the bride and bridegroom went to bed together.
My review of the British Museum’s – Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art which explores daily life, gender, sexuality, athleticism, heroism, and the social and political ideologies the Greeks espoused through their views on the human form.
In Roman Egypt, 14-year-old boys were enrolled in a youth organization in order to learn to be good citizens.
This study explores the place of dream reports, and indeed dreams themselves, within the cultural memory and imagination of the Roman Empire.
This is a review of the Ancient Lives: New Discoveries exhibit at the British Museum until November 30th, 2014.
Modern methods of analysis applied to cemeteries have often been used in our pages to suggest generalities about mobility and diet. But these same techniques applied to a single individual, together with the grave goods and burial rite, can open a special kind of personal window on the past.