First Roman Greenhouses

Roman greenhouses were covered with thin sheets of translucent stone and in use the first century CE. Continue reading

Emperor Titus Holds Sports Spectacular

Emperor Titus celebrates the opening of the 50,000-seat Colosseum in Rome in 80 CE with a three-day event. Continue reading

De Materia Medica Pharmacopoeia Published

Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides published a five-volume pharmacopoeia titled De Materia Medica in 77 CE. Continue reading

Voluptale Printed a Cookbook

Bartolema Scappi printed a cookbook in 1485, De Honeste Voluptate ac Valetudine (Concerning Honest Pleasure and Well-being) Continue reading

Early Neoclassical Architecture Style Used in Europe

Neoclassical architecture spread from France and Britain and into the Americas after 1750, a decorative excess of the Rococo style. Continue reading

Plague of Antoninus Epidemic Spreads Across Europe

The worst European smallpox epidemic was the Plague of Antoninus Continue reading

Origins of St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine's Day is a merger of the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, the fertility holiday on February 15, Continue reading

Romans Invented Actuarial Tables

Ancient Romans invented mortality tables that calculated the risk of death for people at various ages in 220 CE, Continue reading

Sumerians Used Reed Stylus

Ancient Sumerians used sharpened reed stylus for inscribing on wet clay tablets in 3500 BCE. Continue reading

First Roman Barbers

Ancient Romans organized professional barber guilds in 303 BCE. Continue reading