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How much did the ancient Babylonians know about conditions like epilepsy?  They might have thought it was caused by demonic possession, but their clinical observations were pretty accurate.  Neuroskeptic finds out more for Discover Magazine.

How much did the ancient Babylonians know about conditions like epilepsy? They might have thought it was caused by demonic possession, but their clinical observations were pretty accurate. Neuroskeptic finds out more for Discover Magazine.

Collection|The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Collection|The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Pavlopetri is the only sunken city in Greece that predates the writing of Plato's Atlantis myth.  At around 5000 years old, it is the oldest submerged town in the world.

Pavlopetri is the only sunken city in Greece that predates the writing of Plato's Atlantis myth. At around 5000 years old, it is the oldest submerged town in the world.

Grec (archaïque), Archer Figure de gauche de West Side Fronton, Temple d'Aphaia, Egine, la reconstruction polychrome moderne.  Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Munich

Grec (archaïque), Archer Figure de gauche de West Side Fronton, Temple d'Aphaia, Egine, la reconstruction polychrome moderne. Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Munich

Warrior. Fresco from the House of the Trojan Sacellum. Second style. Ca. 80—20 BCE. Pompeii, The House of the Trojan Sacellum, I 6, 4

Warrior. Fresco from the House of the Trojan Sacellum. Second style. Ca. 80—20 BCE. Pompeii, The House of the Trojan Sacellum, I 6, 4

Incitatus, Caligula's horse, was said to be spoiled.  Roman Emperor Caligula, built a stable of marble and covered him with great luxurious robes of lavish color.  Before each race, Caligula would sleep beside Incitatus and order a silence in the city punishable by death.   It is unclear if Calicula was insane or just trying to provoke the Senate by making ridicule of them by offering to give Incitatus the rank to perform Senate duties.

Incitatus, Caligula's horse, was said to be spoiled. Roman Emperor Caligula, built a stable of marble and covered him with great luxurious robes of lavish color. Before each race, Caligula would sleep beside Incitatus and order a silence in the city punishable by death. It is unclear if Calicula was insane or just trying to provoke the Senate by making ridicule of them by offering to give Incitatus the rank to perform Senate duties.

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