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Medieval and Ancient Rats January 18, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Medieval and Ancient Rats

One of the mysteries of the Black Death in the Middle Ages is how the victims never – with one curious Scandinavian exception – cottoned on to the fact that rodents, particularly rats were disease bearers. In some cases there were infestations of rats before the disease struck and many rats also died, which should […]

Cyclops Origins June 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Cyclops Origins

  Beachcombing has always had a bit of a thing about Cyclops. And who can blame him? After all, the encounter between old Round Eye and that smarty-pants pirate king from Ithica is what most children – genuine or grown – remember about the Odysseus: there is something so Roald Dahlish about the disgusting yet […]

Centaurs in Deepest Arabia August 21, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Centaurs in Deepest Arabia

                  Phlegon of Tralles is not a Greek author of the first rank. Indeed, he rarely comes up in conversation among students of the ancient except for a reported remark concerning the death of Christ. But this small-time second-century writer, who was born in south-west Turkey and who lived […]