Where does the name January derive from?

Originally, the ancient Romans named the first month of the year Janus, who … [Read more...]

What is a Ballista?

The Ballista was used in Roman times and it was a huge piece of armory in … [Read more...]

Facts about the Renaissance Period

Around 1350 AD people in Europe started taking an interest in ancient Roman … [Read more...]

Who said ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’?

It is a very famous saying, that Julius Caesar said at the battle of Zela … [Read more...]

Why does our body need muscles?

Quite simply, muscles are tissues that move parts of the body by … [Read more...]

Where did the idea for underwear come from?

This is one of the earliest forms of clothing recorded, as far back as … [Read more...]

What is the origin of the Christmas tree?

There are many variations of where this custom started, here are just a … [Read more...]

Who was St Valentine?

There is a bit of background history to this St Valentine fact. In … [Read more...]

Why are very hot days sometimes called ‘dog days’?

First of all it has nothing to do with dogs! The term is a throwback to … [Read more...]

The Roman Calendar

We all know that the Romans worshipped their gods.  So they decided to … [Read more...]

What is a cornu?

A cornu is a muscial instrument very much like a French horn. The … [Read more...]

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye?

"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye?" - doesn't sound very … [Read more...]

The Art of Kissing

We all like to be kissed and here are some interesting facts about the act … [Read more...]

The Roman’s Toothpaste

Did you know that the Romans didn't have toothpaste? So what did they use I … [Read more...]