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Category Archive: History

Land of mountains, lochs and legends

A land of mountains, lochs and legends

A land of mountains, lochs and legends

My heart’s in the Highlands,
My heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,
A-chasing wild deer and following the roe —
My hearts in the Highlands wherever I go…
Robert Burns

When you hear the word Scotland, what do you imagine? Probably, the men in chequered skirts, dull and sad sounds of bagpipes, gloomy grey castles on rocks, tasteless oatmeal porridge in the morning, fat sheep scattered in the green valleys, a lot of waste land, heather moors and almost no people, mysterious lochs with their monsters, smoking haggis and a very strange, almost non-understandable English…
Is this a true picture? Tо answer the question, let’s have a closer look at this mysterious country of legends and rich history, Scotland…
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Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Temple of Artemis

Temple of Artemis

According to legend, the founders of the famous city of Ephesus were the Amazons, a race of women warriors. In the 6th century BC, Ephesus reached its heyday and became an important trading and banking centre of Asia Minor. The Ephesians wanted the world to know about their wealth and decided to win fame by building a magnificent temple to Artemis, goddess of wild nature and hunting. She was the city’s protectress.
All the great cities of Asia Minor took part in the construction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Croesus, a fabulously rich king of Lydia, also contributed to the building fund. He presented marble columns to the temple.
Temples played an important role in the life of the ancient Greeks. They were not only sanctuaries, but also served as archives and treasuries, where the state money and the most valuable things of art were kept.
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Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Statue of Zeus

Statue of Zeus

Legendary Olympia… The sacred place of all-knowing and all-seeing Zeus… The place where he defeated Cronus, his father, and then became the king of the gods… The place which gave its name to the Olympic Games…
In about 450 BC, a magnificent temple was built at Olympia. The temple was devoted to Zeus, god of thunder, lightning and rain, and it was to surpass in beauty and grandeur all the other temples existing in Greece at that time. However, for some time it had no proper statue of the king of the gods. That is why the citizens of Olympia decided to invite the Athenian sculptor Pheidias for the sacred task of errecting the statue of Zeus. By that time, Pheidias had already made two magnificent statues of the goddess Athena in Athens and developed a technique to build enormous gold and ivory statues.
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History of Body Art

History Body Art
Body art is not only body painting as many people used to think. It is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. It includes piercing, tattooing, scarification, branding, implanting, and hardcore. Makeup is very close to body art.
Body art is a performance art, which helps people to express themselves. But do not go crazy. It can be beautiful and frightening. Many of its forms associated with pain and even a health risk.
One way or another, but the decoration of the body is one of the most ancient customs.
Even in ancient times people pierced ears, lips, noses. Nostril piercing has been documented in the Middle East as far back as 4,000 years. In the sixteenth century it was very fashionable in India. Both ear and nostril piercing and jewelry are mentioned in the Bible.
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Things Killers

Things Killers
Let’s talk about clothing and cosmetics, which could harm health or even kill people in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times.
People are neglecting their health for the sake of their looks. And we used to think that it is the tendency of the XXI century. Now women and men often visit plastic surgeons to look better. However, they always came up with a lot of other entertaining ways to hurt themselves, and sometimes others. They used everyday objects.
Corset: death by suffocation
At the beginning of the XX century Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel unlaced women from corsets.
A lot of European women suffer from corsets. The degree of fanaticism at different times varied as the representation of an ideal beauty.
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