Aug 4, 2023Liked by publius vergilius maro

> first rest has conquered the need for sleep, when a woman, who supports life with distaff and the humble work Minerva imposes, first wakes the ashes and slumbering flames, adding night hours to her toil

Does "first rest" mean that people (sometimes? were assumed to?) slept in two burst with some activity in the middle? I seem to recall something like that mentioned in an article once, but vaguely.

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it seems as much! it's called biphasic sleep; i don't know a lot, but this article might help? https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220107-the-lost-medieval-habit-of-biphasic-sleep

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