Your mother needed you to be a prince.
When she gave up her crown and fled into exile, the prophecy was her only comfort. The child in her belly would be a prince, it said, who would wield his father’s sword, avenge his death and take back his throne.
But your mother didn’t have a boy; she had you.
The Thistle with Graceful Leaves: Why Archilochus is My Favorite Rapper of the 5th Century BC
November 29th, 2019
An introduction to Archilochus, the Ancient Greek warrior-bard whose diss tracks were the stuff of legend. Bonus poem at the end.
We’ve Been Debating Foie Gras Since Ancient Times
January 22nd, 2018
The 5,000-year history of force-feeding animals for food (and the controversy that surrounds it).
Eaten: The Food History Magazine (Volume 1)
The surprising history of ambrosia, the modern fruit salad named for the food of the Greek gods. Eaten is available for purchase here.
The History Dish: “Barida,” A Medieval Arab Recipe with Ancient Roman Roots
Four Pounds Flour
June 6th, 2017
My guest post for food historian Sarah Lohman’s blog Four Pounds Flour.