When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset.
“You΄re running around with other women,” she told her mate.
“Eve, honey, you΄re being unreasonable,” Adam responded. “You know you΄re the only woman on earth.” The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by a strange pain in his side. It was Eve poking him about the torso.
“What do you think you΄re doing?” Adam demanded.
“Counting your ribs,” said Eve.
In Greece, perfume was already central to worshipping and pleasing of the gods and goddesses. The Greeks believed that anything as wondrous must actually have come from the gods: vast quantities were used in religious ceremonies, and those too poor to afford fragrance for funerals simply painted a perfume bottle on the coffin.
An entire book, ‘Concerning Odours’ – written by Theophrastus, ‘the father of botany’ – was dedicated to fragrance, its pages documenting spikenard, iris, cistus, rose, mint, myrtle, hyacinth, cinnamon and narcissus, among other perfume ingredients. Continue reading
Sometimes a tempting offer is too good to refuse, even if it means risking one’s life
Odysseus also encounters the famous sirens during his wanderings. Typically, in Greek depictions, the sirens they are half-woman half-bird creatures that perch on the rocks by the sea and sing beautiful songs that lure men who, refusing to leave, die of starvation.
In the Odyssey, Circe warns Odysseus about the sirens and tells him to plug his and his crew’s ears with beeswax in order to block their sweet songs from entering their ears. Being curious about the songs the Sirens sing, Odysseus only plugs his crew’s ears with beeswax and then has his men tie him to the mast of the ship, Continue reading
Hercules Monument, Kassel, Germany
At the very top of the park, the huge monument of Hercules is perched on top of the stone Oktogon building, completed 300 years ago in 1717. There’s a platform for taking in the amazing views along the axis of the park down towards Kassel.