Semiramis was an Assyrian queen who, after the death of her husband, went on to revive Babylon and conquer Asia Minor and Northern Africa.
She is also credited with inventing the chastity belt. Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus credits her as the first person to castrate a male youth into eunuch-hood: “Semiramis, that ancient queen who was the first person to castrate male youths of tender age”
An ancient Greek unit of currency found in many Greek city states from Classical times on. One common estimate for its value would be the average daily pay for a skilled worker. So seventy-five drachmas would be about two and a half months pay.
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The Lupercal (from lupa, Latin for she-wolf) is a cave at the foot of the Palatine Hill in Rome, between the Temple of Apollo Palatinus and the Basilica of Santa Anastasia. In the legend of Rome’s foundation, Romulus and Remus were found there by the lactating female wolf who suckled them until they were found by Faustulus."