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As I am having to read sections of Pliny the Elder's Natural History over the next while I feel compelled to share with you some of his gems of cures. Did you know that a sheep's lung tied around the head will aid with curing brain fever? But it must be warm! I can only hope that Pliny informed his readers of this delightful cure with a woman's bra wrapped around his head to relieve his headaches, (another one of his cures, and one of the few we know he used). Pliny: the ever reliable treasure trove of the completely insane.

ETA: But that does not even compare with this method of making a woman want sex. Take three hairs from a female mule plucked while it is having sex and weave them together. I strongly suspect you make your slaves get those ingredients. But if you keep the mule around afterwards you can kiss its muzzle to cure your colds. Given the way Pliny phrases this it is clear he tried it at least once.

Date: 2010-01-30 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
I would be willing to kiss a mule's nose (so soft!) but the rest? Not so much.

Date: 2010-01-30 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Trust me, compared to some of Pliny's 'cures' these are on the relatively sane scale.

Date: 2010-01-31 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brainchild129.livejournal.com
Oh, ancient medicine. Until the 1800s, the process of discovering 'cures' was basically "Did this not kill the patient immediately? No? Sweet, we'll use it! Is it really difficult to find or use? Great! Is it expensive as hell? Even better!"

Date: 2010-01-31 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Hee! Sometimes I don't think the Romans worried that much about the 'will it immediately kill the patient part' given some of Pliny's suggestions...

Date: 2010-01-31 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
Does the bra have to be in the style worn in ancient Rome, or can a modern-style bra be used? The method for sex is definitely different.

I can't wait for you to share more of these wonderful insights.

Date: 2010-01-31 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I don't know - you could try some experiments with various bras and see if any modern ones work...

(This are some of the milder things that Pliny suggests; trust me, I've got more where they come from.)

Date: 2010-01-31 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Hrm... What about mini donkeys?

Date: 2010-01-31 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Pliny mocks your effete mini-donkeys with the disdain of a Roman consul. (Actually, I think he's got a thing for mules; they appear a lot in the NH)

Date: 2010-01-31 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
OMG Effete mini-donkeys is so going to be my new LJ name. :D

Date: 2010-02-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com

Date: 2010-02-01 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Whenever I am feeling bored I know I can pick up Pliny and he will always have some hilarious 'cure.' Better than any comedy.


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