Isabella Cortese’s Book of Secrets and the Biblioteca Marciana

While conducting research in Venice on the Italian Books of Secrets by the alchemist Isabella Cortese I had occasion to visit the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark’s) in Venice. It is in a beautiful building that was designed by Jacopo Sansovino in 1536. The biblioteca itself was constructed from 1537 to 1553, with frescoes and ancillary … More Isabella Cortese’s Book of Secrets and the Biblioteca Marciana

Lose Weight The (Ancient) Roman Way

Does the modern prevelance of gastric bypass surgery, breast augmentation, and diet pill infomercials make you wonder if we are the only society obsessed with physical appearance? Well, wonder no more. While we grew up with afterschool specials on the dangers of anorexia and bullemia, the Romans… did not. Read below for an interesting list that I … More Lose Weight The (Ancient) Roman Way