Roman History

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Alaric I. King Of The Goths. It was during 285 AD when Diocletian decided that the best way to manage the massive Roman Empire was to divide it in half, Eastern and Western Empires. Rome surrounded the Mediterranean Sea, including the Iberian Peninsula, north to Brittania, the Northern European provinces in today’s France, Italy, Germany, […]

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  It seems that every society had a cadre of special forces soldiers. Of course they were all cloaked in the mystical fanaticism of some ideology or other. So the Harii were a special society of Germanic fighters who populated the mountains north of the Roman empire now in modern day Hanover.   The Roman […]

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The Sicarii, Jewish Revolutionaries Formed To Push Rome Out Of Israel.

February 4, 2016

  The Sicarii were an underground society of Jewish terrorists who bred fear and dissension among the Roman occupiers and their sympathizers in the first century. They were assassins who struck without warning against Roman sentries, soldiers, precepts or supporters in the crowds of locals in occupied Jerusalem. Their attacks were characterized by the sudden […]

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Caligula, Claudius and Nero

September 10, 2015

    The last three emperors on the Julian-Claudian Dynasty are known for the louche behind the scenes behaviors and the tawdry nefarious machinations that took place at the highest levels of the administration. Through a prism darkly lit by their more extreme behavior these three have been called the worst emperors in the Roman […]

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Great Maps Of Ancient Rome From Vox Media. Click To Enlarge.

March 1, 2015

The Rise of Christian Rome, 300 AD to 800 AD . The Third  Century AD Was A Bad Time To BE A Roman Emperor. Between 235 and 285, Rome had over 20 emperors, each of whom came to an inglorious demise. Some were offed by their own Centurions. Some died at the wrong end of […]

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Developer Yuri Victor Developed Maps That Encapsulate The History Of The Roman Empire.

February 25, 2015

  This is Rome around the time of Trajan in 117 AD. This was Rome at its largest, and you can see from the  overlay that to the Northwest was Britannia and to the East was Egypt, Constantinople and the Levant. It is important to remember that it took about a month to go from […]

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Is This The Origin Of Christmas? Ancient Rome?

January 27, 2015

Word for word from a Facebook post: Juan Miguel Garcia II. How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished […]

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Vindolanda, The Green Zone Of Ancient Rome.

December 16, 2014

Vindolanda   A castrum was a Roman auxiliary garrison. Vindolanda was such a fortification south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England near the current day town of Bardon Mill. Since the 16th Century, Britains have been aware of the ruins of this place. However in the early 19th century an altar was discovered there and […]

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Luxurious Roman Way-Station Uncovered In Bulgaria.

June 28, 2014
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Heated Pool     .What looks to be a something akin to a Roman Marching Camp has been located in Bulgaria in Southern Europe.  Called the Sistra Complex, it appears to have been designed to house traveling dignitaries, and as such, it features a large heated pool, hypocaust heated quarters where not only is the […]

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Roman Graffiti Translated. Little Has Changed In Regards to Humanity

June 26, 2014
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  Found this compendium of Roman graffiti from Prof. Prof. Brian Harvey.    At a Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio: “Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity! At the Tavern of Verecundus)  Restitutus says: “Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”. […]

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The Slums Of Rome, Jesus and Occupy Wall Street.

May 20, 2014

  Jesus and the Money Changers – El Greco   Around the time of Claudius, Roman historian Seutonius described his life in Rome.   “Now consider the dangers of the night in Rome. The tiles fall off of the roofs, and crack you in the head. Drunks spoil for a fight. Suddenly you are confronted […]

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Did Shapur Really Have Emperor Valerian Taxidermied?

May 13, 2014

   Roman Emperor Valerian Used As A Footstool For The Persian King.   Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius was a Christian historian and writer who served Constantine I. Lactanius was also virulently anti-Persian. He was so anti-Perisan that some historians believe his description of the death of the Emperor Valerian at the hands of the Persian […]

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Homesick Roman.

April 28, 2014

    An 1800 year old letter home from a Roman recruit to his parents in Egypt, then a Roman province has been found in Egypt. It is written by an Egyptian man, serving as a Roman legionnaire with the Second Legion Adiutrix in Modern Day Hungary.  His name is Polion and he is from […]

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Roman Gladiator Training Facility Circa 300, Found Near VIenna.

April 21, 2014

                We have talked about the oddity of history growing more clear the further we travel from it. And once again the adage is proven correct. Ground penetrating radar, satellite imagery and magnetometer readings have unveiled the location of a Roman gladiator training camp in modern day Austria. […]

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Marcus Aurelius’ Reign Was Forever Ruined By A Plague That Did More Damage To Rome Than Any Barbarian Tribe..

March 26, 2014

. Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus were brothers, both had been plucked from aristocratic families by the Roman Oligarch Antonius Pius. It was not a favor Pius was doing. He was following strict missives issued by Hadrian, the Emperor, and these were conditions upon which rested Pius as his choice as successor.  Marcus Aurelius and […]

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Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus Belies The Sexism Of His Day.

March 11, 2014

  .   . Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus wrote about why the Earky Roman Army and even after Marius won so often. He bemoaned their sloth and undisciplined ranks in the time just before Constantine, aaround 390 AD. Vegetius’ advice on hiring for the military belies institutional sexism that has never left us.   “Fishermen, […]

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Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Roman Historian, Writes About Roman Military Power.

March 9, 2014

    . No one really knows much about this Roman chronicler of Roman methods of warfare. Hew rote two tomes and that is all we have of him.: Epitoma rei militaries  and Digesta Artis Mulomedicinae, a treaty on animal medicine. .“The Lacedaemonians, the Athenians, the Marsians, the Samnites, the Peligni….Did not the Epirots acquire in former times […]

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The Betrayal Of Herman The German. A Teachable Lesson On Occupations.

February 6, 2014

    “The Germans themselves I should regard as aboriginal….but the Gauls were more formidable.” Tactitus noted. He thought the Gaul had good organizational skills. Their settlements were small but efficient and everyone was busy with the tasks of life. The Germans on the other hand seemed to live within boundaries that only they could […]

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The Short Lived Chaotic Dacian Empire.

October 30, 2013
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  Decebalus, King Of Dacia   In 43 AD, Claudius invaded Britain, eyeing the island nation as a source for wealth and of course the glory of battles won and expanded Roman territory. It had been a century since Julius Caesar added thousands of miles to the Roman Empire. Claudius got what he never wanted, […]

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In Early Rome Celtic Mercenaries Had No Fidelity To Anyone, Even Their Own Tribesmen.

October 18, 2013

    Brennus, Celtiberia Chief Most of Western Europe from the 5th Century BC to the 1st Century was a pastiche of  fiefdoms and tribal bands and clans and allegiances. The Gauls or the Celtic people, as the Romans referred to them were a widely diverse group that for some reason, began raiding Roman Imperial […]

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