Job Adverts in the 1920s: Twitter Meets LinkedIn

Chemist and Druggist supplement: 6 January 1923 / Wellcome Library By Dr. Briony Hudson / 05.23.2016 Honorary Lecturer – The Turner Collection Pharmacy Historian Cardiff University In the early 20th century, the Chemist and Druggist included a weekly supplement. Alongside “Businesses Wanted” and “Premises to Let”, the C+D also published “Situations Open” and “Situations Wanted”[…]

Darkness Over All: John Robison and the Birth of the Illuminati Conspiracy

Representation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 painted by Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier in 1789. His depiction includes the “eye of providence” and also the red Phrygian cap, two symbols associated with freemasonry. Conspiracy theories of a secretive power elite seeking global domination have long held a place in the[…]

“Aristotle’s” Bestselling Sex Manual

By Elizabeth Richins / 09.12.2016 Freelance Information Professional Freud Museum London Sex, childbirth and reproductive health were topics of considerable interest to people in early modern England. The Wellcome Library has a substantial collection of different editions of a hugely popular printed work addressing these issues in 17th- and 18th-century England, ‘Aristotle’s Masterpiece’. To people[…]

Medieval Banking- Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

Image of banking from a medieval illuminated manuscript By Robert Naranjo / 01.10.2008 Modern banking has its auspicious beginnings in the early to mid Middle Ages. Primitive banking transactions existed before, but until the economic revival of the thirteenth century they were limited in scope and occurrence. By the dawn of the twelfth and thirteenth[…]

The Cult Hero in Homeric Poetry and Beyond

Detail of a relief depicting the “Apotheosis of Homer,” attributed to Archelaos of Priene, ca. 225 BCE–205 BCE. In the British Museum. / Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of “olbios” “Ulysses Departing[…]