Mummification achieved its greatest sophistication under the ancient Egyptians. Ever since the mummies were rediscovered in 1798, the world has sought to know more about this aspect of Egyptian civilization.
The History of Western Medicine gives a broad overview of medical history in the Western World, from its foundations with the ancient Greeks through to the end of the 20th century.
Traces the history of the Olympic Games from its first recorded beginnings in 776 BC through to the present day, and briefly examines some of its more controversial moments.
Traces the history of poetry from its origins in early agricultural societies where it was spoken or chanted as a spell to promote good harvests through to the end of the twentieth century.
Shrimp plants (Beloperone guttata) are easy-to-keep house plants that will flower all year round if you let them. Sometimes they are marketed under the names Drejerella guttata or Justicia brandegeana. This practical text describes their history, care requirements and needs; the illustrations show...
The history of graffiti is as old as civilization itself. Ever since people have had walls and materials to scratch or paint with, they have used graffiti as the means of achieving some kind of widespread audience for their words or pictures.
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) is an excellent flowering house plant for cool locations, creating a picture of fragile beauty during the winter months. This practical text describes their history, care requirements and needs; the illustrations show how to propagate by dividing the corms after the...
The African hemp, or room or house lime (Sparmannia africana), is a fast-growing house plant that deserves to be more widely grown. This practical text describes its history, care requirements and needs; the illustrations show how and when to propagate by taking stem tip cuttings.
Originally from the forests of Brazil, Gloxinias, or florist gloxinias (Sinningia speciosa), are extremely popular summer flowering house plants. This practical text describes its history, care requirements and needs; the illustrations show how and when to divide tubers, grow from seed and re-pot.
Stephanotis floribunda, popularly known as Madagascar Jasmine or wax flower, is sometimes grown as a house plant, principally for its white, fragrant flowers. This practical text describes its history, care requirements and needs; the illustrations show how and when to propagate from stem tip...
A stye, technically a hordeolum, is an infection in the oil or sweat gland in the upper or lower eyelid. Styes are usually caused by Staphylococcus bacterium, and they can spread from person to person through direct contact.
In the 1920s, American-style gangsters, the most notorious being 'Squizzy' Taylor, controlled crime in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney, offering every kind of service, from gambling and prostitution to sly-grog and blackmail - even murder.
The West Gate Bridge was to be the biggest bridge in Australia, and the pride of Melbourne, but on 15 October 1970 it collapsed, killing 35 men and injuring 18 others. It was a nightmare event that will be forever etched in the memory of every...
Although current fashion trends might suggest otherwise, children are not scaled-down adults. Their body proportions, shape and alignment change as they grow, sometimes with ungainly - though usually temporary - results. One area in which this is...
Airline food has come a long way since the days of frozen lettuce and lukewarm tea. This article takes a look at the changing face of in-flight fare - from the dining rooms of the 1930s to the cappuccinos and bowls of pasta of today.