January 23, 2014

Crumbling Ancient Texts Hold Life-Saving Cures?

A. Maxmen, Nautilus

The Associated Press

Seven hundred years ago, Timbuktu was a dream destination for scholars, traders, and religious men. At the southern edge of the Sahara desert in what is now Mali, travelers from Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt, and Morocco met in the bygone metropolis to exchange gold, salt, and ideas. According to a description of Timbuktu in 1526 by the diplomat Leo Africanus, “more profit is to be made there from the sale of books than from any other branch of trade.”

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TAGGED: Ancient Civilization, Medicine


January 22, 2014
Carthaginians Sacrificed Their Own Children
Maev Kennedy, Guardian
Just as ancient Greek and Roman propagandists insisted, the Carthaginians did kill their own infant children, burying them with sacrificed animals and ritual inscriptions in special cemeteries to give thanks for favours from the... more ››