In ancient hands (part I)

During my recent visits to museums in Berlin and Paris, I was struck by the variety of hand gestures displayed on ancient reliefs and sculptures – particularly from Mesopotamia. I thought of making a compilation of some of the reliefs that struck me the most. Here is the first part featuring some reliefs that I…

The God King Naram-Sin

More than 4,000 years ago, when humanity was still testing the waters of civilisation as we know it, when settlements and villages were beginning to coalesce into cities, kingdoms and for the first time ever an Empire, a man called Naram-Sin ruled as king of Akkad in Mesopotamia. Actually he proclaimed himself “King of Akkad,…

Is this the world’s busiest aqueduct?

Ok, that was a really bad ‘click-baitey’ title. Because ‘world’s busiest aqueduct’ cannot exist. And even if it did, it had to be an aqueduct that was channeling through massive amounts of water. Maybe then. But what I had in mind is an aqueduct that sits on top of a really busy road. Okay, scratch…

Fatih Mosque and Valens Aqueduct gif- because the world needs one.

I feel like the world needs is a coherent post from me right now but I’m not big on coherence so I’m unleashing a gif file of an Istanbul nightscape- in particular Fatih Mosque (right) and Valens aqueduct (left) in a never ending trail of light and splendour. You can thank me later.

The Roman Theatre of Merida

The Roman theatre of Merida was built during the reign of Augustus. There is an inscription in the theatre which reads M. Agrippa L.F. cos III. trib. pot. III Roughly meaning that Marcus Agrippa, Son of Lucius, three times consul, in the third year of his tribunician powers (built this). With this information, historians have…

Q1 book reading round-up

Now, now.. I know you’re thinking if this isn’t a bit too much. After all, I first started with what was an annual feature with my book reading mosaic and then last year for the first time I created a half yearly one and this time I’m doing one for the first quarter. One reason…

My blog is a decade old

WordPress told me today that it has been 10 years since I created this blog. Wow! It literally just feels like yesterday that I created this blog on a whim (like I created many others before) and wrote about Calvin and his beanie. But apparently all that was a while ago and I really am…