Kelsey Museum (University of Michigan)

March 22, 2010

I’d never been there before but apparently it was recently renovated and expanded. Well worth a visit!

Bust of a Flavian or Trajanic man

Grain mill

Spurius family inscription from Cumae, second century BCE

Bust, possibly of a Roman empress, CE 200-225.

Detail of 5th century BCE kylix (drinking cup) featuring man pressing grapes

Glass unguentarium from Fayum region (2nd century CE)


Quote of the Day (shrew-mouse edition)

November 18, 2009

According to Columella, the shrew-mouse can be quite a pest. But how to protect one’s oxen?

There is also a practice of encasing the shrew-mouse itself while still alive in potter’s clay and, when the clay is dry, hanging it round the ox’s neck. This renders the animal immune from the bite of a shrew-mouse.

– Columella Rei Rusticae 6.17.6