Amphorae were pottery vessels created to hold and transport goods in the Greek and Roman world; some were even highly decorative and given as prizes, or used to hold the ashes of the dead. Join me as I delve into the vessels of history...
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Our Stars, Ourselves
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." So says Julius Caesar according to the play named for him by Shakespeare; but did you know that the stars themselves are inside you? The first great element of the world was hydrogen, which was created at the time of the Big Bang, or so science tells us, but all of the other elements; iron, carbon, etc were brought into existence when the first stars exploded. Without this (literally) atronomical event there would be no us, because not only did it create the earth, but those same elements, first created in the stars are in our blood and our bones.
So remember, next time that you feel small and ordinary, you are made from stars.
In keeping with my last post on Italian Renaissance costume I thought we would take a look at something we didn't touch much on; hairstyles. They were extremely varying; up and down, braided, netted, entwined with silks and ribbons, even pearls, and, of course, dyed, bleached, and curled. The only thing in somewhat short supply seems to be hats, and really who would want to cover up what you had spent so much time constructing?
Occasionally a small cap, or scuffia, was worn either with side curls, or with most of the hair stuffed up underneathe:-
Another notable hair decoration was the reta, or hairnet. Some of these were beaded, some woven in decorative patterns, and some left very simple.
Under and around these ornamentations, or even without them, hair was often braided or crimped. There was the simple modesty of a veil, if you felt the need to cover up... Or, if blending into the background wasn't your thing, there were big turbans, or simply huge ones.
As someone who wakes up during the night feeling frustratingly refreshed...and then struggles to rise in the morning, I found this article to be a kind of vindication. Apparently the way we sleep has changed. For more information you can visit the link here.