The ancient Greeks had a recumbent approach to their (male-only) dinner parties, as I discussed in a previous post: elite men reclined, propped on pillows, to drink, converse, and—sometimes—overindulge. The practice of reclining and dining continued into ancient Rome, but… More»
Ferocious drug jar from Santa Maria Nuova, the first hospital in Florence dedicated to focusing on patient care.
You may be wondering, what kind of hospital doesn’t focus on caring for the sick? Well, Middle Ages Florence fell into the trend of having simple city-limits hospices that acted as a kind of B&B service to weary travelers, instead of full hospitals for the sick.
You go Santa Maria Nuova!
Two-Handled “Oak Leaf” Drug Jar, about 1431, Unknown. Tin-glazed earthenware. J. Paul Getty Museum.