Death of a Slave Boy

Cymbals struck as festival performers wound their way through the village’s streets . But then tragedy struck. Leaning over the balcony to view the players below, a young slave boy Epaphroditos fell and died. Was it an accident? Was it murder?This tragic event took place in year 23 of the reign of the emperor Commodus (182 CE), … More Death of a Slave Boy

Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows

A sale document from the Fayum showed us that Roman soldiers living here named their cows, as discussed in a previous post. But, they were not the first people in Egypt to do so – Egyptians had been naming their cows for millennia beforehand! On the back of a magical text from New Kingdom Thebes, which contains … More Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows