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Amongst the ruins of Isca Augusta you may just find Adrian Goldsworthy.

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(The Isca Augusta was once a Roman legionary fortress and settlement. Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.…

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

What’s a Byzantine? The problem of what to call an empire.

You may know that in addition to this blog and my “normal” Twitter account, I also run the dedicated history account CryForByzantium. I started that account in 2009 to tweet … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 7 Comments

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

Lost a hammer, found a treasure: the incredible story of the Hoxne Hoard.

On this date a little more than two decades ago, on November 16, 1992, Peter Whatling, a tenant farmer in Suffolk, England, lost a hammer somewhere in his fields. He … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

A white-knuckled ride through the streets of Rome, on a motorbike! [video]

One wild ride begets another! After I posted that video of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, I found a more contemporary but equally amazing view of another great city, … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 7 Comments

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