In a World with No Antibiotics, How Did Doctors Treat Infections?

Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past. Wellcome Library, London, CC BY While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren’t as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections. By Dr. Cristie Columbus / 01.29.2016 Associate Dean Campus – Dallas Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Texas A&M University The development of antibiotics and[…]

The Art and Architecture of Early Medieval Europe

Torhalle Lorsch / Photo by Immanuel Giel, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.29.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – The Early Middle Ages 1.1 – Introduction The Early Middle Ages began with the fall of the Roman Empire and ended in the early 11th century; its art encompasses vast and divergent forms of media.[…]

Shaking an Ancient Cup and Living to Tell the Tale

Rattling Wine Cup, about 350 B.C., Greek (South Italian). Terracotta, 8 7/16 × 11 7/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 86.AE.702 Graduate interns in antiquities conservation and curatorial share what they learned from examining a rattling kantharos. By Julia Commander and Ruth Allen / 04.23.2018 Normal practice when handling ancient artifacts is to move carefully[…]

Anthropology of Ancient Greece

Porch of Maidens, Acroplis, Athens / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Marcel Detienne Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics Emeritus Johns Hopkins University Our history begins with the Greeks. – Ernest Lavisse Back in the mists of time, long before the emergence of articulate language, the human race discovered that it possessed the power to imagine[…]