Tag Archives: Paul of Aegina

Where the wild things are

I have to thank my colleague Jane Draycott (@JLDraycott) who gave me the idea for this post. She came to Cardiff a few weeks ago to give a great paper on votive hair in antiquity (yes, there was such a … Continue reading

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The enormous turnip

A few weeks ago, I presented to you some ancient recipes for cracked heels and chilblains. One of them caught my attention. It was recorded in the medical compilation of Paul of Aegina (seventh century CE), whose aim was to … Continue reading

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Finding my feet

Today I am preparing some cosmetics for my mother’s birthday. For as long as I can remember, my mum has suffered from very dry feet. And I mean dry, with sore cracked heels. When she last came to visit in April, … Continue reading

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Ich bin ein soapy Berliner

 This week I have been to Berlin for a workshop on ancient scientific, technical and medical texts. I have been to this workshop almost every year since 2005, and it is always lovely to see old friends and make new … Continue reading

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