The first month of the modern Gregorian calendar owes its name to a Roman god. Continue reading How January got its name
The largest library in antiquity did not amass its collection through innocuous means alone. While some of the over half a million manuscripts housed in the library were purchased, many were taken or embezzled. Continue reading The illicit origin of the Library of Alexandria’s books
The superstition traces its origins back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, who performed the ritual for religious purposes. Continue reading Why do we knock on wood?
Some of the names illustrate the Roman Empire’s legacy on the modern world, while the others were selected by the Anglo-Saxons who invaded Britain from the 5th to the 7th centuries. Continue reading Where did the days of the week get their names?