German archaeologists have uncovered the beautifully preserved horse’s head from a Roman equestrian statue. The life-size statue is gold-plated bronze, and they also found the foot of the rider, thought to be Augustus. “This bronze sculpture counts among the best pieces to have ever been found from the area of the former Roman empire,” said Eva Kuehne-Hoermann, Hesse’s minister for science, at the unveiling of the head in Frankfurt. “Nowhere else is there a finding of this form or quality.”
Floke Vilgerdarson, also known as Raven-Floke, was one of the first Vikings that arrived in Iceland. He used to have hungry ravens with him when sailing in unknown waters. When he believed they where close to land, he released the ravens. If the ravens flew right up, and then in a certain direction, the ship followed the birds, if the ravens returned to the ship, there was no land in sight.
Gargoyle, from the French gargouille, likely to mean "throat" or "gullet Latin gurgulio, gula, gargula ("gullet" or "throat") and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water ( Portuguese garganta, "throat"; gárgola, "gargoyle gutter."
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