From the dry sands of Egypt… Greek medicine labels on papyrus

By Isabella Bonati Amongst the many objects depicted in the “unswept floor” mosaic by Heraclitus (II cent. CE) there is a drug container (unguentarium) with a narrow, probably folded, papyrus tag suspended from its neck. This tag likely offered the identification of the content, possibly an ointment or some aromata, stored into the unguentarium. This … Continue reading From the dry sands of Egypt… Greek medicine labels on papyrus

Greek and Roman Recipes

Special series edited by Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University) in January 2015. Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus, Laurence Totelin Flower power: Cato’s medicinal recipes, Jane Draycott, Wild Thyme, Bitter Almonds, and Extract of Beavers – The Medicinal Recipes of Scribonius Largus, Ianto Jocks Painting Plantsin Roman Egypt, David Leith We also regularly feature posts on … Continue reading Greek and Roman Recipes

Lizards and lettuces: Greek and Roman recipes for Valentine’s Day

As you prepare to tuck into your oysters, followed by a garlicky main course, and a chocolaty desert on Valentine’s night, spare a thought for the Greeks and Romans, whose aphrodisiacs I now present to you. Ancient medical treatises contain numerous recipes for aphrodisiacs. This abundance may give the impression that the Greeks and Romans … Continue reading Lizards and lettuces: Greek and Roman recipes for Valentine’s Day

Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

By Laurence Totelin The double-faced Roman god Janus presided over transitions: transitions from war to peace, from month to month, and from year to year. The Romans celebrated him on the Kalends of January, the first day of the year. The festivities are described most fully by the poet Ovid (first century CE) in his … Continue reading Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus