Holidays 2017

©  Michael Gold

Author of the Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series

Author of the Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series

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Lyssa, second from the left, was held to be the spirit of rabies. Here she is depicted wearing a short hunting skirt and is crowned with a dog's head representing the madness of rabies.

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The library of scrolls on the Orion

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Flax grows wild in the region extending from Northern Africa to India and north to the Caucasus Mountains in Western Europe.

Fanciful image of the lighthouse on Pharos Island

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Can a boy and girl make up a set of identical twins?

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Fanciful image of the lighthouse on Pharos Island

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The Abandoned Village on Pharos Island

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s 1885 painting “A Reading of Homer”

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Abyzou

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Every story begins with an idea

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Sixteenth Century Depiction of Maria Hebrea

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A bloody handprint and spatters were used to solve a murder in Rome.

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With a fanciful imagination, you can picture this mandrake root to be shaped like a human being.

With a fanciful imagination, you can picture this mandrake root to be shaped like a human being.

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Enjoy this salad of dandelion greens topped with figs and walnuts.

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Printed in Florence in 1478, this decorated first page of the main body of De Medicina features an illuminated “U”. Inside the U is a seated physician dressed in a pink robe and cap and holding aloft  a flask of urine.

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One of hundreds of fast food establishments in Alexandria serving drinks and cold snacks such as figs, cheese, pastries, bread, and porridge

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Pytheus of Tarsus

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Listen to “Warren in the Morning”

        on WKNY, Radio Kingston

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"Moneychanger" by Pietro di Miniato,

 1412 © Sailko

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A lecane, a terracotta (fired clay) covered dish.

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According to legend, Thessalonike, the half-sister of Alexander the Great, turned into a mermaid.

The hetairai, the top-of-the-line prostitutes, were familiar with the world of men. They could read, write, recite verse, play musical instruments, and discuss politics and philosophy.

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   A painting of Hygeia, the goddess of health,

by Gustav Klimt (1862—1918)

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A sleep temple for healing dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of health and medicine.

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Tarsus, along the Berdan River, is 12 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Spikes (ears) of domesticated

emmer wheat

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The Remorse of Nero after the Murder of his Mother, a painting by John William Waterhouse (1878)

Dogfish Head makes Ta Henket, a beer on the lighter end of medium body with a slightly tart, funky yeast flavor

The Remorse of Nero after the Murder of his Mother, a painting by John William Waterhouse (1878)

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First century Roman gold snake bracelet

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a hot radio program in the UK with music and interviews with authors, artists, and performers

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In Roman times, the beard was the mark of a slave.