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Seeing Spectacles http://www.seeingspectacles.org A class site for UBC's CLST 260 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:40:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Could there possibly be a gladiator program in there? http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1318 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1318#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:43:05 +0000 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1318 Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams ]]> http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?feed=rss2&p=1318 0 Gladiator’s blood: the Roman health drink http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1302 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1302#respond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:16:54 +0000 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1302 Continue reading Gladiator’s blood: the Roman health drink ]]> The Romans drank all sorts of disgusting concoctions for their health. Gladiator’s blood does seem a little extreme, however:

Epileptic patients are in the habit of drinking the blood even of gladiators, draughts filled with life as it were; a thing that, when we see it done by the wild beasts in the same arena, inspires us with horror at the spectacle! And yet these persons consider it a most effective cure for their disease, to  drink he warm, breathing, blood from man himself, and, as they apply their mouth to the wound, to draw forth his very life; and this, though it is regarded as an act of impiety to apply the human lips to the wound even of a wild beast!

Pliny the Elder, Encylopedia28.2

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In case you were wondering what gladiators ate… http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1269 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1269#respond Sat, 03 Jan 2015 18:32:38 +0000 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1269 Here’s the BBC to let you know.

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Welcome to the new Seeing Spectacles site http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1089 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1089#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:51:52 +0000 http://www.seeingspectacles.org/?p=1089 I have deleted this website accidentally at least once while transferring it, so I am very much hoping this welcome sticks! As I am currently transferring the site, many of the links don’t work at the moment, but I’m working on getting everything fixed.

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