How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style)

*GUEST POST by Ágnes T. Mihálykó (see her bio here)   What did a young man in the fourth century CE wish from life? Not much different from what young men today might desire: professional success, favour with others, and, of course, women. His means of attaining his goals were, however, not that familiar to … More How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style)

Baby Exposed, Baby Snatched, Roman Egypt-Style

*GUEST POST by Katherine Blouin (see her bio here)   Babies being abandoned by or snatched from their family is, sadly, not a recent phenomenon. One papyrus from 1st-century CE Oxyrhynchus offers a glimpse into how these scenarios were legally dealt with when Egypt was ruled by the Romans. Bernard Pyne Grenfell and Arthur Surridge … More Baby Exposed, Baby Snatched, Roman Egypt-Style

Bee Stories

In honour of National Insect Week: 18–24 June 2018. ‘King of Lower and Upper Egypt’; Karnak Whether it was for consumption, offerings to the gods, or for healing wounds, honey was important in ancient Egypt and so were bees. The honey bee is one of the earliest known hieroglyphs and was a symbol of kingship … More Bee Stories