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6 Important Islamic Advances in Medieval Medicine

6 Important Islamic Advances in Medieval Medicine

While medieval European medicine was still mired in superstitions and the rigid Catholic teachings of the Church, the advent of Islam in the 7th century A.D. gave rise to impressive growth and discoveries in many scientific fields, especially medicine. Islamic...
Theriac: History’s Amazing Wonder Drug

Theriac: History’s Amazing Wonder Drug

From the 1st century A.D. to the late 19th century, one medical compound reigned supreme over all other remedies: theriac. First concocted by a Greek king worried about poisons, theriac went from being a general antidote to snake bites to an all around panacea, used...
Crazy Potions and Nasty Nostrums: Six Bizarre Medieval Medicines

Crazy Potions and Nasty Nostrums: Six Bizarre Medieval Medicines

If you think, as some do today, that many drugs used as medicines are potentially deadly, consider what people living in medieval times were prescribed as curative agents—from ground up corpses to toxic mercury to crocodile dung. The annals of medieval medical history...
Engines of Destruction: Roman Advancement of Siege Warfare

Engines of Destruction: Roman Advancement of Siege Warfare

The Neo-Assyrian Empire used earthen ramps, siege towers and battering rams in sieges; the Greeks and Alexander the Great created destructive new engines known as artillery to further their sieges, and the Romans used every technique to perfection. That is to say, the...
Ancient Siege Warfare

Ancient Siege Warfare

While sieges had taken place earlier than the Neo-Assyrian Empire, such as that between Egyptian Pharoah Thutmose III and Canaanite rebels led by Kadesh at the Megiddo fortress in the 15th century B.C., the Assyrians perfected the art of siege warfare during the...
The Wheels of War: Evolution of the Chariot

The Wheels of War: Evolution of the Chariot

For one thousand years, chariots rolled through the Middle East, terrifying armies, destroying infantry lines and changing the face of war. Sumerians used heavy battlewagons with solid wheels drawn by wild asses around 2600 B.C. Until the innovation of spoked wheels,...
Six Mystifying Medieval Maladies

Six Mystifying Medieval Maladies

The Middle Ages were a terrible time to get sick. There was no sanitation inside cities and hardly any in rural areas. While there might be some drainage or elementary sewers, the fact remains that people simply threw their bodily wastes out into the streets. Animal...
7 Amazing Stories Surrounding the Titanic

7 Amazing Stories Surrounding the Titanic

The First Film about the Titanic Premiered Just 29 Days after the Vessel Sank You may have seen James Cameron’s theatrical version of the Titanic, a movie that has accrued over $1.84 billion in total gross sales since its release in 1997. But we can confidently bet...
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