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  • Archaeologists Stumble On Brickworks Of Ancient Rome

    10/01/2005 6:15:47 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 817+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-2-2005 | Nick Pisa
    Archaeologists stumble on brickworks of ancient Rome By Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 02/10/2005) Two thousand years ago its furnaces must have been working around the clock, turning out the bricks that built ancient Rome. Now archaeologists have discovered the site of the brickworks that provided Rome with its most famous monuments, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. One of the inscribed bricks used to build the Colosseum in Rome It lay 50 miles north of Rome, near the village of Bomarzo and close to the Tiber - enabling the red bricks to be loaded onto boats and transported down...
  • Secrets of the Dead; Case File: The Great Fire of Rome

    10/01/2005 4:17:14 PM PDT · by Captain Rhino · 45 replies · 1,683+ views
    Secrets of the Dead Series webpage on PBS website ^ | © 2002 Educational Broadcasting Corporation | John Uhl; Thirteen/WNET New York.
    Certainly, it's hard to know whether to trust the allegations in the writings of Tacitus. Yet, what about the explanation offered by Nero, that the Christians were to blame? At least one scholar believes Nero was on the mark. Professor Gerhard Baudy of the University of Konstanz in Germany has spent fifteen years studying ancient apocalyptic prophecies. His studies have shown that in the poor districts of Rome, Christians were circulating vengeful texts predicting that a raging inferno would to reduce the city to ashes. "In all of these oracles, the destruction of Rome by fire is prophesied," Baudy explains....
  • MITHRAISM: The Legacy of the Roman Empire's Final Pagan State Religion

    08/15/2005 2:04:48 PM PDT · by Navydog · 4 replies · 516+ views
    University of Chicago ^ | Unknown | Franz Cumont
    For over three hundred years the rulers of the Roman Empire worshipped the god Mithras. Known throughout Europe and Asia by the names Mithra, Mitra, Meitros, Mihr, Mehr, and Meher, the veneration of this god began some 4000 years ago in Persia, where it was soon imbedded with Babylonian doctrines. The faith spread east through India to China, and reached west throughout the entire length of the Roman frontier; from Scotland to the Sahara Desert, and from Spain to the Black Sea. Sites of Mithraic worship have been found in Britain, Italy, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Persia, Armenia, Syria,...
  • Ancient Roman temple found

    08/12/2005 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 427+ views
    ANSA Italy ^ | August 10 2005 | staff
    The woman's head is therefore without doubt that of an important member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (14-68 AD), but there is still a slight question mark as to whether it is Agrippina, daughter of the Emperor Claudius.
  • Roman ruins to remain under rainwater canal

    08/12/2005 8:46:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 345+ views
    Times of Malta ^ | Tuesday, August 9, 2005 | Herman Grech
    The Works' Division and the heritage authorities have had to find the middle ground between building a water canal to alleviate flooding problems and exploiting one of the most important historical finds in recent years. The area consists of a stretch of about 125 metres along the northern half of the water channel near Jetties Wharf, Marsa, which may be dated from the ceramics recovered from site to the Roman and Early Medieval periods... He said the anti-flooding development in the area had now been redesigned in such a way as not to cause any long-term damage to the Roman...
  • Ancient Rome's fish pens confirm sea-level fears

    08/16/2004 5:06:16 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 133 replies · 4,069+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 09:30 16 August 04 | Jeff Hecht
    Ancient Rome's fish pens confirm sea-level fears 09:30 16 August 04 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. Coastal fish pens built by the Romans have unexpectedly provided the most accurate record so far of changes in sea level over the past 2000 years. It appears that nearly all the rise in sea level since Roman times has happened in the past 100 years, and is most likely the result of human activity. Sea-level change is a measure of the relative movement between land and sea surfaces. Tide-gauge records show that the sea level has...
  • Roman Legion Founded Chinese City

    07/31/2005 12:31:23 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 3,270+ views
    Ansa ^ | 7-25-2005
    Roman legion founded Chinese city Survivors of Crassus's routed army said to have built town (ANSA) - Florence, July 25 - Roman soldiers who disappeared after a famous defeat founded a city in eastern China, archaeologists say . The phantom legion was part of the defeated forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus, according to the current edition of the Italian magazine Archeologia Viva . The famously wealthy Crassus needed glory to rival the exploits of the two men with whom he ruled Rome as the First Triumvirate, Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar . Crassus decided to bring down the Parthian...
  • Roman Ruler's Head Found in Sewer [Emperor Constantine]

    07/31/2005 4:18:37 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 28 replies · 1,404+ views
    BBC ^ | July 29, 2005
    A 1,700 year old carved marble head of Emperor Constatine has been found in a sewer in central Rome. Archaeologists found the 2ft head while cleaning an ancient drainage system in the Roman Forum.Constantine, wwho reigned from 306 to 337 AD, is known for ending persecution of Christians and founding Constantinapole. Although most of his subjects remained pagans, he is credited with helping to establish Europe's Christian roots by proclaiming religious freedom.Probably carved between 312 and 325 AD, in may have belonged to a statue of the emporer in full armor.The heads unceremonious insertion in a blocked drain may have...
  • Rome vs. Carthage: The Day the World Trembled

    05/28/2002 11:42:09 AM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies · 6,215+ views
    Military History Magazine ^ | June 2002 | Lee Levin
    The course of civilization was determined on the banks of the Metaurus River in 207 BC, when brilliant Roman and Carthaginian generals fought the perfect battle. By Lee Levin for Military History Magazine Battles are won or lost by the side that makes the fewest mistakes. But what if the battle was for mastery of the entire world? And what if the generals on both sides, each brilliant beyond criticism, should sink into obscurity, so that knowledge of the battle itself is known only to the most consummate scholars of military history? Just such a battle was fought on the...
  • Christian Catacombs May Have Jewish Origin

    07/22/2005 3:31:26 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 707+ views
    Yahoo News/Live Science ^ | 7-20-2005 | Michael Schirber
    Christian Catacombs May Have Jewish Origin Michael Schirber LiveScience Staff Writer Wed Jul 20, 1:43 PM ET The Roman catacombs are intricate labyrinths of burial chambers that were built roughly between the third and fifth century AD. They are considered among the most important relics of early Christianity. But a recent study of a Jewish catacomb in Rome finds that it was started a century before the oldest known Christian versions. In addition to the 60 Christian catacombs that have survived in Rome, there are two Jewish catacombs, which are distinguishable by the decorative artwork and inscriptions that were used....
  • Ruins may support tale of Rome's origin (Romulus & Remus Given Boost)

    02/19/2005 11:00:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,362+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/19/05 | Rachel Sanderson
    Italian archaeologists digging in the Forum have unearthed the ruins of a palace they say confirms the legend of Rome's birth -- a discovery that may force the rewriting of Western history. Most contemporary historians dismiss as fable the tale that Romulus founded Rome in 753 B.C. and built a walled city on the slopes of the Palatine hill where he and his twin brother, Remus, were suckled by a wolf in their infancy. Andrea Carandini of Rome's La Sapienza University has spent 20 years trying to prove the skeptics wrong and last month he and his team hit on...
  • Borders Folks May Be Descended From Africans (Hadrian's Wall)

    06/13/2004 2:15:19 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,694+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2004 | David Derbershire
    Borders folk may be descended from Africans By David Derbyshire (Filed: 11/06/2004) Families who have lived in the English-Scottish Borders for generations could be descended from African soldiers who patrolled Hadrian's Wall nearly 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists say there is compelling evidence that a 500-strong unit of Moors manned a fort near Carlisle in the third century AD. Richard Benjamin, an archaeologist at Liverpool University who has studied the history of black Britons, believes many would have settled and raised families. "When you talk about Romans in Britain, most people think about blue eyes and pale complexions," he said. "But...
  • UK: While digging in backyard man unearths hoard of 20,000 Roman coins.

    03/11/2004 9:12:07 AM PST · by yankeedame · 72 replies · 427+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Thursday, 11 March, 2004 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 11:45 GMT Roman treasure found in pond dig The coins are thought to date from the 4th century A man unearthed a priceless hoard of 20,000 Roman coins as he dug a new fishpond in his back garden. Experts say the money may date from the 4th Century and could be the biggest find of its kind in Britain. The coins were crammed into a ceramic pot which broke up as it was dug out of the ground at Thornbury, Gloucestershire. Now a coroner must decide if Ken Allen, who made the discovery, can...
  • Veni Vidi, Veggie...(Roman Gladiators)

    03/01/2004 6:03:18 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 679+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-3-2004 | Tom Leonard
    Veni, vidi, veggie... By Tom Leonard, Media Editor (Filed: 02/03/2004) Roman gladiators were overweight vegetarians who lived on barley and beans, according to a scientific study of the largest gladiator graveyard discovered. Analysis of the bones of more than 70 gladiators recently found near Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor, puts paid to traditional Hollywood images of macho carnivores with the physique of boxers. The dietary findings of the scientists from the University of Vienna are detailed in a forthcoming documentary on Channel Five. They may give vegetarians a new, harder image. But the vegetarian stereotype is shattered by...
  • Homosexuality & Same-Sex "Marriage" (Ancient Roman Satirist Slams Gays)

    02/11/2004 11:08:25 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 2,855+ views
    New Oxford Review | January 2004 | Leland D. Peterson
    (Reprinted with permission from NEW OXFORD REVIEW, 1069 Kains Ave., Berkeley, CA 94706, U.S.A.) True to its Jewish heritage, Christianity from the beginning has treated homosexual acts as an abomination. Christianity's judgement of homosexuality has been consistent. It remains to be seen if the Episcopal Church will be able to retain its title as a Christian denomination. But there is a non-Christian witness from the first century A.D., that of the satirist Juvenal, whose judgements of homosexuality are consistently ignored today. A pagan's denunciations would considerably strengthen the arguments of today's Christians if they could show that non-Christians could be...
  • Analysis Of Roman Epitaphs Alters Concept Of 'Family'

    02/29/2004 4:36:28 PM PST · by blam · 107 replies · 980+ views
    University Of Calgary ^ | 2-11-2004 | Dr Hanne Sigismund
    Analysis of Roman epitaphs alters concept of 'family' February 11, 2004 If ancient Romans observed Family Day, their celebrations would have included wet nurses, slaves and possibly many others who had no blood relationship, according to new University of Calgary research. A landmark analysis by classicist Dr. Hanne Sigismund Nielsen of more than 4,500 inscriptions on Roman tombstones shows that our concept of the Roman family needs to be broadened to include much more than just parents, grandparents and children. "Roman families did not at all look like our family structure today," says Nielsen, who spent more than 10 years...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Part II of Women Warriors:Ancient Greece and Rome ~ January 27, 2004

    01/26/2004 11:49:34 PM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 457 replies · 1,694+ views ^ | January 27, 2004 | LaDivaLoca
    <p>The Greeks also wrote of their own women warriors. Amastris, wife of Dionysius of Heracluria established her own city state by conquering and uniting 4 settlements.</p> <p>Artemisia I, ruler of the Greek city-state of Halicarnassus and Cos and advisor to Xerxes the ruler of the Persian empire, assisted him in his attacks on the Greeks by commanding a force of warships in the naval battle of Salamis around 480 BC.</p>
  • USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Roman Gladiators ~ October 21, 2003

    10/21/2003 2:40:01 AM PDT · by LaDivaLoca · 371 replies · 2,011+ views
    Roman Gladiatorial Games ^ | October 21, 2003 | LaDivaLoca
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!       ROMAN GLADIATORS The first gladiatorial contest at Rome took place in 264 BC as part of aristocratic funerary ritual, a munus or funeral gift for the dead. Decimus Junius Brutus put on a gladiatorial combat in honor of his deceased father with three pairs of slaves serving as gladiators in the Forum Boarium (a commercial area that was named after the Roman cattle...
  • Moralists without morals

    06/26/2003 10:59:25 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Ancient History Sourcebook ^ | ca. 120 AD | Juvenal
    MORALISTS WITHOUT MORALS I would fain flee to Sarmatia and the frozen Sea when people who ape the Curii[1] and live like Bacchanals dare talk about morals. In the first place, they are unlearned persons, though you may find their houses crammed with plaster casts of Chrysippus;[2] for their greatest hero is the man who has brought a likeness of Aristotle or Pittacus,[3] or bids his shelves preserve an original portrait of Cleanthes.[4] Men's faces are not to be trusted; does not every street abound in gloomy-visaged debauchees? And do you rebuke foul practices, when you are yourself the most...
  • Democracy 2000+ years ago

    08/25/2002 1:55:25 AM PDT · by Jordi · 18 replies · 712+ views
    "Cicero" by Anthony Everitt
    Rome in Cicero's day was a complex and sophisticated city, with up to a million inhabitants, and much of its pattern of life is recognizably familiar, even at a distance of two millennia. There were shopping malls and bars and a lively cultural scene with theater and sport. Poetry and literature thrived and new books were much talked about. Leading actors were household names. The affluent led a busy social round of dinner parties and gossip, and they owned country homes to which they could retreat from the pressures of urban living. Politics was conducted with a familiar blend of...