Ancient ad for a brothel in Ephesus
This brothel advertisement is carved on one of the marble paving stones at the city of Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor in modern day Turkey. The ad includes a heart, a cross, a woman’s head, a foot and cash. It has been translated as ‘turn left at the cross roads where you can buy a woman’s love’. The brothel is positioned opposite the famous ancient library.
Ephesus was home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient wonders of the world, who was viewed as the goddess of fertility and crops. The temple was known throughout the ancient world for its prostitutes and hedonistic celebrations.
this one’s just kinda cool. so about how old is it, then?
Stunning! Scientists reveal the surprising genetic identity of early human remains from roughly 400,000 years ago in Spain (Atapuerca). New tests on human bones hidden in a Spanish cave for some 400,000 years set a new record for the oldest human DNA sequence ever decoded—and may scramble the scientific picture of our early relatives. The bones were first thought to belong to European Neanderthals, but analysis showed they are genetically closer to the Siberian Denisovans.
More info in nature: Hominin DNA baffles experts.
Paper: A mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos -Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12788-
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