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Monthly Archives / October 2014

  • Oct 31 / 2014
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Latin

Notes from the Den of Antiquity (I): Roman Bathrooms and Toilets

Painting of a public Roman toilet by J.G.Barcala

 

by Amy Vail, Ph.D.

If you are anything like me, part of how you judge a trip abroad has to do with how comfortable you were when you were traveling. Travel is wonderful, but it can be tiring, and at the end of the day, you need a chance to relax in something like the comfort you know at home. Since travelers first began to write accounts of their journeys and guidebooks, practically all popular writers have kindly provided the answers to some basic questions, questions you are mildly ashamed of being gauche enough to ask, but at the same time, questions to which you really want the answers. Among these important questions are: Continue Reading

  • Oct 28 / 2014
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Latin

Top 10 Facts About Hannibal Barca

A marble bust of Hannibal Barca

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Take a look at Saugat Adhikari’s list of the top 10 facts about Hannibal Barca, one of the greatest military generals of the ancient world, who led the Carthaginian army against Rome. Continue Reading

  • Oct 24 / 2014
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Latin

The Power of Roman Honos: The Case of a Man, a Woman, and a Traitor

Regulus returning to Carthage by Cornelis Cels 1791

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

The ancient Romans valued many qualities and characteristics in their civilization: fides, virtus, and pietas were all highly important and were all indicative of the “Roman” way of life. However, duty to the state and a sense of personal dignity were held as especially significant features of morality and ethics as well; for a Roman, whether male or female, the state and its safety were to be placed above all else and maintaining a certain level of poise and decorum was expected, even in times of adversity. Continue Reading

  • Oct 20 / 2014
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Ancient Greek

The Tomb at Amphipolis in 3D!

Three dimensional model of the Tomb at Amphipolis

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Check out this video of three-dimensional model of the recently-discovered Tomb at Amphipolis in northern Greece. This simulation was made, before the excavation of the third chamber, which is still in progress, by two Greek friends that wanted to share their passion about this great ancient monument with the rest of the world, although they aren’t professional 3D designers. Watch this video and get the whole picture of this amazing excavation! Continue Reading

  • Oct 14 / 2014
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Latin

The Historia Augusta and Zenobia’s Rebellion

Queen Zenobias last look upon Palmyra by Herbert Gustave Schmalz 1888

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Check out this amazing article from the Ancient History Encyclopedia about Queen Zenobia’s Rebellion against the Roman Empire in the reign of Emperor Aurelian, as portrayed in the Historia Augusta (August History), a Roman work of the 4th century A.D. Learn how the work was conceived as a political tool and then used to further the interests of those in power. Continue Reading

  • Oct 06 / 2014
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Latin

Suetonius vs. Tacitus: Tiberius Unraveled

Tiberius and Agrippina, by Peter Paul Rubens

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

The accounts of Tiberius’ reign by both Suetonius and Tacitus have qualities that echo back on themselves in differing ways, yet serve to show how different authors viewed Tiberius in various flattering and unflattering ways. Tiberius was an emperor who elicited many opinions concerning his behavior and Suetonius and Tacitus provide scholars with treatments of him that give a thorough picture of his traits, strengths, and weaknesses. Continue Reading