AntiquityNOW Newsletter: Keeping the Ancient Current
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February is flying by! This month, we took a look at the eclectic historical figures who have influenced our calendar, celebrated Valentine's Day with red roses and embraced the Olympic spirit.
A History of the Shortest Month
Why Does February Have Only 28 Days?

The history of our modern calendar isn't as straight-forward as you may think! With roots going back as far as ancient Rome, learn how our calendar has been impacted by historical figures - from the legendary Romulus, to Julius Caesar, to Pope Gregory XIII - over time in this new post.
Red Roses & Starry-Eyed Romance
Neuroscience Takes a Look at Roses Beyond Valentine's Day

Roses can be traced back 35 million years according to fossil evidence, and have been known to grow wild in many diverse places from Persia to what is now Colorado. From ancient Egyptian tombs, to Minoan frescoes and the gardens of Napoleon and Josephine, roses have a storied past that may have more to do with our biological impulses than affairs of the heart. Learn more here as we consider the findings of researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
Bon Appetit Wednesday!
Recipes with a Past

As we celebrated Valentine's Day and worked up some Olympic-sized appetites, we enjoyed some mouthwatering treats: the Russian Blini and Olympian Cheesecake.
Winter Olympic Sports with Ancient Origins
AN's Kid's Blog Isn't Just for Kids
When the Greeks gathered for the first Olympic Games in 776 BCE, they may not have imagined that one day the Games would be held high in snow covered mountains or on playing fields made of ice. How could they know that their foot races would turn into races on blades (speed skating) and chariot races would become daring flights around a track made of pure ice (bobsled)? From 8000 year-old wooden skis and ancient Mesoamerican hockey to medieval bone ice skates, we look at evidence that winter sports and athletic competitions have been part of our lives for millennia. Read more here.
From the Archives
Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Lead to Modern Predictions

In this post from August 2013, we revisit the 79 CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy and examine how volcanologists use data from such ancient eruptions today.

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