Here’s a helpful lexicon: προσόζει τρύγος, μεθύει ἐοικώς If anyone sees a mistake in the grammar or usage, please feel free to let me know. I’m a bit rusty.
Posts Tagged ‘historical tidbits’
You can skip the next comic if you’d like to pass over the rest of this (very mildly) mature theme. I’ve tried to clarify the legalities as pointed out in the comments. Is Mus over or under 20 years old? How can Iusta, a woman, be a legal witness? How many witnesses do you need [...]
From the comments: kit_the_brave: Aw, he looks so happy! As he should be. Why did she put the baby on the ground instead of handing her to him? Or, you know, just walking off with her again? Anonymous: I think it was a Roman custom to give the father the choice to pick up the [...]
This comic featuring Things I Find Awkward to Draw: landscapes, horsies, sound effects, and shading. These horses don’t have stirrups. Romans used a curved/horned saddle and leg power to stay mounted, using the saddle to keep themselves in place while guiding the horse with thighs and knees.
Today is the 1930th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Some scholars have disputed the date, placing the eruption in September instead. In support of September: jars of new autumn wine, people wearing heavier clothing, and a coin that sort of looks like it was minted that month. In support of August: an eyewitness [...]
Didn’t you hear? Lincoln freed the slaves will free the slaves in about 1800 years. . . . From the comments thread: cyanocorax: So, couldn’t he free both the mother and child AFTER the birth? _w_o_o_d_: A freedman is not the same as a free man. The children of a freedman are free men. klio: In particular it [...]
Women in flagrante are often depicted in Roman art with their breasts covered, but I have wonder whether it’s because of how difficult a Roman bra must have been to put on and take off. According to Roman clothing expert A. T. Croom, a breastband (strophium or fascia or fascea) was up to 5 meters [...]
The pattern behind the plaster is meant to represent a slightly organised effort at opus craticium, a light, cheap method of building used in Herculaneum and Pompeii as people added additional floors and overhanging balconies. Pompeii had a lot of rebuilding to do after the previous big earthquake. Unlike the brickwork (at least for the [...]
Torture? (a thread from the comments) dr_phil_physics: No need to torture any servants. What a great doctor. Taking care of the rich bastards while tending to the staff. (grin) DRW: Aww what the hey? Let the little emperor torture a few servants. It’s not often you get a chance like this, and maybe it’ll settle [...]