Tag Archives: Aetius

Beauty spot

Many adverts would have you think that freckles and other spots are an issue you should solve. Other adverts will tell you to celebrate the unique beauty of your skin. In either case, they will try to flog some concoction. … Continue reading

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A little Egyptian magic for Christmas

It is the end of term and it is fair to say that our entire household is looking forward to a rest. We have all suffered from one form of lurgy or another over the last couple of weeks… perhaps … Continue reading

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Of milk and honey II

I have not posted for a while. I got ‘distracted’ writing blog posts on King Attalus’ interest in pharmacology for the Recipes Project and on the use of deer penis and deer antlers for Guerilla Archaeology. As promised though, I … Continue reading

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A stretch in time

The Greeks and Romans recognised pregnancy could have some serious effects on the female body. Here, I will leave aside serious issues such as uterine prolapse, haemorrhoids and fistulas, and will concentrate on the – arguably – more frivolous question of … Continue reading

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Have some ginger dear!

Reading Margaret Mead’s Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (New York 1950) in my second year at university was a turning point in my life. Here was an academic book I could actually enjoy reading without being distracted by … Continue reading

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Oranges and lemons

 There is nothing better – I feel – on a cold, dark, depressing winter’s day than biting into a tasty orange and let the juice trickle everywhere. In a way, it is a pity citrus fruits have become so easily … Continue reading

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