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  • How Christianity Remade the World

    12/01/2019 4:12:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | December 1, 2019 | Marvin Olasky
    Until this year, the first 20 pages of “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers (Random House, 1952) comprised the most brilliant preface or foreword I’d ever read. Chambers, who had crossed over from Communism to Christianity, explained that Communism is “man’s second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: ‘Ye shall be as gods.’” And gods play to win, as Chambers goes on to show during the next 788 pages, which are good but not as good as the beginning. The first 17 pages of historian...
  • "Thou art just, O Lord, and thy judgments are righteous"~The execution of the Roman emperor Maurice

    11/27/2019 6:41:59 AM PST · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 27, 2017 | Florentius
    November 27 marks the anniversary of one of the most cruel and lamentable acts in all of human history -- the execution of the Eastern Roman Emperor Maurice, and five of his six sons, at the hands of the usurper Phocas in AD 602. Having been proclaimed as emperor by the Balkan army who had numerous grievances against Maurice, Phocas entered Constantinople with the assent of the people, and Maurice and the imperial family fled. Their ship was forced ashore by a storm, however, and they sought sanctuary in a church near Chalcedon across the strait from Constantinople. According to...
  • The Nine Greatest Rulers of the Christian Roman Empire

    11/16/2019 8:41:57 PM PST · by Antoninus · 10 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/14/19 | Florentius
    The 4th through 7th centuries are often considered periods of decay and decline for the Roman Empire. I view them, however, as times of crisis and regeneration, as the previously pagan Empire was transformed into an amazingly resilient Christian Empire which persisted for another millennium despite attacks on all sides and myriad convulsions from within. Who were the most effective rulers during this period? Opinions vary, but here are my choices. Portraits of all, taken from antiquity, may be found in the above image: Constantine the Great (AD 306-337). Constantine may be considered the founder of the Christian Roman...
  • Drop the term Anglo-Saxon as it is ‘bound up with white supremacy’, say academics

    11/11/2019 4:29:59 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 72 replies
    The Times ^ | 11/8/2019
    Academics have called for the term Anglo-Saxon to be dropped because it is “bound up with white supremacy” — an idea described as “mad as a bag of ferrets” by one historian. The term traditionally refers to groups from across the North Sea, including Angles and Saxons, who settled in Britain after the end of Roman rule, and to their descendants and their culture until the Norman Conquest. However, it has also been used by imperialists and white-supremacists to describe white people of British origin. Hitler wrote admiringly of “Anglo-Saxon determination” to hold India. Some academics believe that the term...
  • Ostia Antica

    11/05/2019 1:00:03 PM PST · by wildbill · 11 replies
    Ancient Origens ^ | 10/10/2019 | Wu Mingren
    Ostia Antica is an archaeological site located on the outskirts of Rome. Although the Romans referred to the site as Ostia, this article will use the term Ostia Antica, so as to avoid confusion with the modern Roman municipio of Ostia (known officially as Lido di Ostia). Ostia Antica was the harbor city of ancient Rome and was therefore an important commercial center.
  • The Genius of Byzantium: Reflections on a Forgotten Empire

    11/04/2019 11:21:03 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | Oct 12, 2016 | Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna
    “Le grand absent—c’est l’Empire” C. Dufour, Constantinople Imaginaire Everywhere Western man longs for Constantinople and nowhere has he any idea how to find her. To do so is to reclaim, at last, the meaning of an empire that once defined a hierarchy of imagination long ago abandoned by our civilization; of an eleven-century political, religious and cultural struggle that sought to reconcile Christianity and Antiquity, transforming the Western spirit into a brilliant battleground between Latin and Greek, Augustus and Basileus, reason and faith, ancient and modern. Yet to unearth this Byzantium, this “heaven of the human mind”, as Yeats dreamed...
  • Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

    11/03/2019 2:10:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Catherine Hickley ^ | September 17th, 2019 | The Art Newspaper
    The wooden shield has rotted and no image remains, but fragments of paint could be detected, says Christian-Heinrich Wunderlich, the head of the restoration workshop at the Landesmuseum in Halle. Under a microscope, the pigments were identified as "Egyptian blue", which was widely used in the Roman Empire, and vermilion, which was only available in a few Mediterranean locations at that time. "These pigments were not cheap and must have been Roman imports," Wunderlich says. Examinations under the microscope revealed that the paints were applied in layers, and that the wood was prepared with a chalk and lime base to...
  • 550 Years Ago Today: The Fall of Constantinople

    05/28/2003 7:06:05 AM PDT · by Junior · 94 replies · 1,372+ views
    North Park University ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    The Fall of Constantinople 1453 Back to "Decline of the Byzantine Empire" Chronology Back to "Ottoman Empire" Chronology The siege of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world, took place in 1453. Sultan Mehmed II, ruler of the Ottoman Turks, led the assault. The city was defended by, at most, 10,000 men. The Turks had between 100,000 and 150,000 men on their side. The siege lasted for fifty days. The Turks employed various important war tactics in taking over the city. They used huge cannon to destroy the...
  • Archaeologists Identify 'Lost' Jerusalem Street Built by Pontius Pilate... [tr]

    11/02/2019 11:04:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | Sunday, October 20, 2019 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have identified a grand street in Jerusalem that was built by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea who is famous for overseeing the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The nearly 2,000-foot-long (600 meters) street would have connected the Siloam Pool -- a place where pilgrims could stop to bathe and get fresh water -- to the Temple Mount, the most holy place in Judaism. The street was likely used by ancient pilgrims on their way to worship at the Mount, the researchers said. Archaeological evidence for Pontius Pilate is limited and the discovery sheds a bit of light...
  • Science reveals improvements in Roman building techniques

    10/30/2019 12:51:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Bright Surf ^ | October 25, 2019 | from E Boccalon, F Rosi, M Vagnini, A Romani
    The Romans were some of the most sophisticated builders of the ancient world. Over the centuries, they adopted an increasingly advanced set of materials and technologies to create their famous structures. To distinguish the time periods over which these improvements took place, historians and archaeologists typically measure the colours, shapes and consistencies of the bricks and mortar used by the Romans, along with historical sources. In new research published in EPJ Plus, Francesca Rosi and colleagues at the Italian National Research Council improved on these techniques through scientific analysis of the materials used to build the Roman Forum's Atrium Vestae....
  • October 28, AD 312 ~ Constantine defeats Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge

    10/28/2019 9:39:33 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 10 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | October 28, 2016 | Florentius
    October 28 marks the anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (AD 312) at which Constantine the Great defeated the usurper Maxentius who had set himself up as emperor in Rome. Son of the emperor Maximian Herculius, Maxentius claimed the same right to the throne that Constantine had claimed from his own father, the emperor Constantius I Chlorus. The difference was that Constantius conferred the imperial power upon his son Constantine on his deathbed, whereas Maxentius took his father's authority by force and drove the old man from Rome. After several failed attempts of the eastern emperors to end...
  • Constantine's Vision of the Cross ~ Early Accounts and Backstory

    10/27/2019 9:15:26 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 28 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | October 27, 2017 | Florentius
    Constantine's great victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge took place on October 28, AD 312. The day before — October 27 — is the date traditionally given for the miraculous vision and dream which Constantine experienced prior to the battle. This vision has been the subject of debate in both scholarly and popular imagination for hundreds of years. But what really happened on that day 1,705 years ago that changed forever the course of human history? As a prelude to the famous accounts of this vision, it should be noted that Constantine also seems to have had pagan...
  • Gaulish coin hoard is France’s biggest ever

    02/25/2008 5:38:08 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 56 replies · 393+ views
    French News ^ | Monday, 18 February 2008 | David Boggis
    France’s biggest trove of Gaulish coins has been unearthed in Brittany. Archeologists found them while searching along the route of a bypass under construction in the Côtes d’Armor. The coins are in the hands of specialist restorers and will go on display in the département. The trove consists of 545 gold-silver-copper coins: 58 staters and 487 quarterstaters. ‘Stater’ is the generic term for antique coins. They lay a foot beneath the earth’s surface near Laniscat, 64km south of Saint-Brieuc, at a known Iron Age manor house or farm site, and date to 75- 50BC. They are very well preserved. Inrap,...
  • The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

    10/06/2019 1:55:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-24-19 | Kevin DeYoung
    Kyle Harper’s From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Harvard, 2013) is an impressively learned and important book. Still a youngish man (which means younger than me), Harper is already a professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. As an expert in the history of the late Roman world, Harper explores in this volume how the Christian sexual ethic, so despised and seemingly inconsequential in the first century, came to be codified in law by the sixth century. Harper does not take sides in this...
  • Mysterious scrolls linked to Julius Caesar could be read for first time ever

    10/04/2019 9:10:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/04/2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    A pair of 2,000-year-old Roman scrolls believed to have belonged to the family of Julius Caesar, and were buried and charred during Vesuvius’ eruption, have been virtually “unwrapped” for the first time ever. The scrolls, known as the Herculaneum Scrolls, are too fragile to be handled by hand, so researchers needed to use the X-ray beam at Diamond Light Source, as well as a “virtual unwrapping” software to detect the carbon ink on them. “Texts from the ancient world are rare and precious, and they simply cannot be revealed through any other known process,” University of Kentucky professor Brent Seales,...
  • Pictish skeleton found at 1,400-year-old Highland cemetery

    09/24/2019 2:14:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept 24, 2019
    Archaeologists have excavated the partly-preserved remains of a Pictish skeleton at a 1,400-year-old cemetery in the Highlands. The skeleton was found on the last day of a two-week dig at Tarradale near Muir of Ord on the Black Isle. Due to the acidity of the soil, no remains of human bodies had been found until the "surprise discovery". Archaeologists say the cemetery is one of Scotland's largest recorded Pictish burial grounds.
  • Ancient Mosaic Found in 'Burnt Church' May Depict Miracle Described in the New Testament

    09/23/2019 11:44:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Live Science ^ | September 19 [?] 2019 | Yasemin Saplakoglu
    Now referred to as the "Burnt Church," this structure was likely burned to the ground during a Sasanian conquest of Hippos in the beginning of the seventh century. (The Sasanian empire was the last Persian empire before the emergence of Islam). Its mosaic floors, however, were well preserved in the ash. The mosaic was very colorful and had two Greek inscriptions that describe the ancient church fathers, who built the church for a martyr named "Theodoros." The mosaic was also covered in geometric patterns, birds, fish, fruit and baskets. Some of the baskets were filled with loaves of bread and...
  • "Again, Herodias Seeks the Head of John in a Basin" ~ The exile and death of Saint John Chrysostom

    09/14/2019 1:32:18 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 1 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | September 14, 2018 | Florentius
    Today, September 14, is the 1,611th anniversary of the death of Saint John Chrysostom, the great patriarch of Constantinople. St. John perished while on his way to a more distant exile on the shores of the Black Sea in AD 407. Though an outstanding orator and one of the greatest theologians of the early Church, John became embroiled in the religious and political factions in Constantinople. He was particularly known for railing against the excesses of the imperial court, drawing the ire of the Empress Eudoxia, wife of Arcadius, who felt that John’s invectives against immodest and gaudy female dress...
  • Israeli Archaeologists Believe They’ve Found City Where Jesus Appeared After Resurrection

    09/10/2019 8:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | September 5, 2019 | Emily Jones
    JERUSALEM, Israel – Archaeologists in Israel say they may have discovered the true location of Emmaus, the Biblical town where Jesus first appeared to two of his followers after being crucified and resurrected. Haaretz reports that researchers found the massive 2,200-year-old walls of a Hellenistic fortification believed to have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the Jewish leader spoken of in the Hanukkah story. Since 2017, a Franco-Israeli team has been excavating a hill overlooking Jerusalem known as Kiriath Yearim, an area believed to be where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for 20...
  • Pulcheria ~ Powerful Roman empress and beloved saint

    09/10/2019 11:10:25 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 18, 2017 | Florentius
    January 19 is the birthday of Saint Pulcheria. Though little remembered today, Pulcheria played an important role in helping the Eastern Roman Empire survive the 5th century intact. She is commemorated as a saint by the Eastern and Western Churches on September 10. Daughter of the Eastern Emperor Arcadius and granddaughter of Theodosius the Great, Pulcheria was pushed into imperial politics at the tender age of 10. When her father died in AD 408, her younger brother, Theodosius II, inherited the throne as a small child, under the regency of two powerful men at court, the praetorian prefects Anthemius and...