ancient Roman apartments

Ancient Roman apartments, called insulae

Ancient Roman apartments, called insulae, could reach up to 9 stories, could have running water (fed by nearby aqueducts) and were often owned by the rich and rented out to the poorer roman citizens (from somewhat rich equestrians to pretty poor workers). In Roman architecture, an insula (Latin for “island”, plural insulae) was one of two things: either a kind […]


Popularizing of potato in France

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health included establishing the first mandatory smallpox vaccination campaign (under Napoleon beginning in 1805, when he was Inspector-General of the Health Service) and pioneering the extraction […]