marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

Trivia

Amazing what reading a lot will do.

The Spartans, unlike the rest of the Greeks, did not have a notable cult of Demeter and Dionysus -- apparently because cultivating the grape and grain was helot work.

The two largest witch hunts on record were held in the Roman Republic.

Switzerland is noted for its watches and clocks because of John Calvin.  His sumptorary laws had Swiss jewelers scrambling for something they could do for a living instead, and being useful, watches could use their fine metalworking skills and still be sold.

Postman in Victorian England had a special double knock by which they alerted the housemaid that mail, not a guest, had arrived so she didn't have to rush to the door, she could pick it up at leisure.
Tags: historical tidbits, reading, world-building: religion
Subscribe

  • Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 1

    Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 1 by Kozue Amano In the future, when Earth is Manhome, and Mars is a terraformed world called Aqua because the melting…

  • Starship's Mage

    Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart This is the first volume of a series but works on its own. It's also a compilation of independent episodes, which…

  • Quiet Pine Trees

    Quiet Pine Trees by T.R. Darling A collection of very short stories. Of various genres. A lot of time-travel, including a sequence about a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 2 comments