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The Great Fire of Rome and Nero’s fiddle: an egregious historical distortion.

Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago today, on July 19, 64 C.E. (A.D.), a great fire broke out in the city of Rome. The conflagration seems to have begun in a … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rome’ s Masculine Imperium

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
The ancient Romans admired the characteristics that they believed allowed them to establish hegemony over their rivals. It comes as little surprise then that the hyper-masculine…

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 9: the Scepter of Maxentius.

This is truly one of the most awesome and impressive artifacts from the late Roman Empire ever found–and it was found only recently. This magnificent chalcedony sphere clutched in a … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 8: Roman child’s rag doll.

Although it most likely didn’t belong to an emperor or some pivotal figure, in many ways this simple rag doll is every bit as amazing as the sword of Tiberius … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 7: the Sword of Tiberius.

This Roman sword, 22 inches long, made of iron and with a bronze scabbard, has carvings along the scabbard that depict the Roman general Tiberius–later Emperor–presenting a trophy of victory … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 5: Athenian helmet from the Battle of Marathon.

This helmet was worn by a soldier of the city-state of Athens who had rather a bad day in the late summer of the year 490 BCE. He was killed … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth: the Castel dell’Ovo, where the last Western Roman Emperor lived (and died?)

This imposing-looking fortress in the harbor of Naples, Italy is called the Castel dell’Ovo, has been a fortress, a monastery and a prison since Roman times. In addition to being … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Earth: The ruins of Troy. Yes, that Troy.

This is Troy, one of the most famous locations of the ancient world, or at least what’s left of it. Today it is an archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage Site, … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Real retro science: Eratosthenes measures the size of the Earth. [video]

Today, June 21, is traditionally the date of the summer solstice. On this day, at noon, at a certain latitude, a stick standing upright will cast no shadow at all–but … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

Recipe: Tonorean tuna. It’s classic. Literally!

This recipe is nearly 2,400 years old. It was made in ancient Greece, and is one of the oldest recipes known to have survived to the modern day. I’ve cooked … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment
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