A New Poem By Sappho Discovered UPDATED

Saphhos

This is pretty big news: there’s a major discovery of previously unknown poems by the great Greek poet Sappho. Few lines of her work have survived (some of them in our old friend the Oxyrhynchus dump), so each find is important. This new verses are on a scrap of papyrus in the hands of a [Read More...]

United by Cruelty: Carthage and America

Outside Carthage, a special part of a cemetery dedicated to the burial of infants. Photograph: Josephine Quinn

Ancient tales tell of how Carthaginians sacrificed their own children to obtain favors from the gods. Historians dismissed these accounts as mere propaganda, but new interpretations of the archaeological record suggest the stories were true. As the archaeologists and historians relate their new theories in this story from the Guardian, it’s clear that none of [Read More...]

The Mysterious Lycurgus Cup

Glowing Chalice

Here’s another entry in our “lost technology” file.  The 1,600-year-old Lycurgus Cup–which bears an image of Lycurgus trapped in the vines he tried to destroy*–has a strange property: it’s green until illuminated from a certain angle, whereupon it turns red. The secret has to do with nanotechnology: the Romans who crafted the cup ground down silver [Read More...]


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