Tag Archives: Theophrastus

The money tree: strike diary 9

“Money doesn’t grow on trees”. In essence, that is what we are constantly being told in universities. If we, as staff, point out the discrepancy between that message and the fact that UK universities are engaged in huge building projects … Continue reading

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Strong as a mountain

Work-wise, the last few months have been hard. And ‘hard’ is the right word: none of the tasks I carried out have been particularly difficult, but they have been hard. The final stages of book writing are taxing – I … Continue reading

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The poor man’s bees

Apparently this is Pollinator Week. As it happens, I have been surrounded by lovely bees for the last couple of weeks. The Fondation Hardt has several beehives; they are located near the tomb of the Baron Kurd von Hardt. I have … Continue reading

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Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

I have been silent for a month now. It has been a busy time with teaching and travelling to Philadelphia for a conference on Ancient drugs. Halloween fever was in full swing at the B&B where I stayed, and pumpkins … Continue reading

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The wind of change

My last post, on bean poisoning, received some very good responses on Twitter. In particular @HistorianJen pointed out to me that, in the early modern period, beans were used as aphrodisiacs because of their similarity with the sexual organs. This … Continue reading

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The hair of the dog

 I have a new textual crush. I have become totally enamoured with the Geoponika (literally, Agricultural Stuff), a Byzantine tenth-century compilation of agronomical advice. It is full of fun recipes and precepts. While other ancient agronomical authors might edit out what … Continue reading

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Eat your heart out

At the risk of being too predictable, this week, for Valentine’s day, I bring you some ancient aphrodisiac recipes. I am not really one for celebrating the Saint of Love, and reading some of the recipes I have come across … Continue reading

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