Coleridge and the Doctors

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Romantic poet and co-author of ‘Lyrical Ballads’. Image credit: National Portrait Gallery Much of the poetry in the Wellcome Library is anonymous – in many cases, it is amateur material bad enough for the author to be grateful for a cloak of anonymity – but our archives do also contain material by ‘proper’ poets[…]

Piracy at the Old Bailey

Painting by Ambroise-Louis Garneray, circa early 1800s, showing a pirate ship boarding a merchant vessel / Wikimedia Commons Ben Merriman presents a selection of piracy cases from the proceedings of London’s Old Bailey. Although a few live up to the swashbuckling heists of stereotype, many reveal the surprisingly everyday nature of the maritime crimes brought[…]

Tutankhamun’s Tomb (Innermost Coffin and Death Mask)

Harry Burton, Howard Carter with Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun, 1922 (Tutankhamun Archive, Griffith Institute, University of Oxford) By Dr. Elizabeth Cummins / 08.08.2015 Adjunct Professor of Art History Upper Iowa University Nearly lost to history Tutankhamun was only the age of nine when he became king of Egypt during the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom (c.[…]

The Mind of Odysseus in the Homeric Odyssey

Odysseus departs from the Land of the Phaeacians, painting by Claude Lorrain (1646) / Louvre Museum, Paris 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 “noos” This diagram shows the medieval understanding of spheres of the cosmos, derived from Aristotle, and as per the standard explanation by Ptolemy.[…]