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Rare Roman cavalry helmet found in Britain [13 Sep 2010|01:36pm]

 A bronze cavalry parade helmet, complete with face mask, was recently found almost intact in Cumbria, England.
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[26 Aug 2010|05:14pm]



Romans wore socks with sandals, new British dig suggests

Britons may be famous for their lack of fashion sense and Italians for their style. But it appears we may have inherited one of our biggest sartorial crimes from the Romans.



By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Published: 10:00PM BST 25 Aug 2010

A fresco painting of the Roman general Furius Camillus by Francesco Salviati in the Sala dell'Udienza, or Audience Hall, of the Palazzo Vecchio
A fresco painting of the Roman general Furius Camillus by Francesco Salviati in the Sala dell'Udienza, or Audience Hall, of the Palazzo Vecchio Photo: CORBIS

New evidence from an archaeological dig has found that legionnaires wore socks with sandals.

Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal found in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire appears to contain fibres which could suggest that a sock-type garment was being worn.

Now scientists are examining the remains in the laboratory to see if it is true.

The fashion faux pas was found in a 2000-year-old "industrial estate" excavated as part of a £318 million Highways Agency scheme to upgrade the A1 between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire.

The unearthed site includes the remains of a water-powered flour mill used to grind grain and produce food for the soldiers, clothes, food remains, graves and pottery.

It also contains the evidence of the socks in 14 graves on the outskirts of the area.

Blaise Vyner, an archaeologist heading the cultural heritage team on site, said: "You don't imagine Romans in socks but I am sure they would have been pretty keen to get hold of some as soon as autumn came along."

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Celebritas [20 Jun 2010|09:45am]

An interesting take on the Roman obsession with celebritas

Think we're addicted to fame?
You should have seen us 2,000 years ago

By Ferdinand Mount
Last updated at 10:00 PM on 19th June 2010

....Judith Keppel became famous for being the first person to win £1 million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Her display of general knowledge was remarkable. But almost as remarkable was her willingness to spend hours and hundreds of pounds bombarding the TV network's phones for a chance to be selected.

But compared to Cicero, hers was a slight effort. In his unsuccessful campaign to be awarded a triumph, Cicero claims that he wrote to every member of the Senate bar two - one an inveterate enemy and the other his daughter's ex-husband - to persuade them to lend their support.

That would have meant around 600 letters, three of which survive, two addressed to former consuls in much the same terms: 'So I earnestly beg that you make sure that a decree is passed in the most honorific terms possible concerning my achievements, and as soon as possible too.'

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Articles on ancient Rome [25 Apr 2010|12:34am]

the "real" Spartacus, Gladiators, Architecture , accurate descriptions of daily Roman life sought forspartacus2010
I would really like my comm to have more educational content, and thought it might be an interesting forum to post in.
This is an honest attempt at more cerebral content and not spam.
I want to learn more myself, since I don't know jack squat.
Id feel ridiculous linking to stuff here, and thought those posting serious articles and papers here , would rather post them themselves.
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Garum! [08 Apr 2010|08:16pm]

[ mood | mischievous ]

During Roman Times, the fish sauce called Garum was extremely popular. Even in Middle Earth, for a time it was the 'rage' Here we see a young Smeagol busily hawking his wares..

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[16 Nov 2009|11:36am]

What was "Art" in ancient Rome? An interesting study in the NY Times.Read more...Collapse )

"Mini-Colosseum" found [15 Oct 2009|10:34am]

British archaeologists have found what is being described at a "mini-colosseum" at excavations of the port of Portus.
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I've decided to quit lurking and introduce myself~ [14 Aug 2009|12:32am]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

Name: Caitlin

Age: 24

Location: Oklahoma, USA (very soon to be Missouri)

Can you speak/read/write Latin? If so, how well?: Yes, I can. I've been studying it for about four years now and am fairly confident in my abilities in it, though of course there's always room for improvement.

What interests you most about Ancient Rome or the Romans?: I'm deeply interested in the early empire, more specifically the Julio-Claudian emperors. They're such bold and fascinating personalities that I can't help but love each one of them. I'm rather partial to Nero, though. As inexplicable as it may seem, it's the truth. I'm about to start grad school in Classical Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and I am looking forward to doing more research on that family and their history.

I'm also very interested in historiography and as an undergrad, I wrote a commentary on the treatment of Nero by Suetonius and Tacitus. If you speak with me for even the shortest amount of time, you'll quickly discover that I'm one of those people, who, while acknowledging and appreciating the historic details we get from the historians, also likes to enthusiastically point out the biases and how they impact the overall depiction of the subject. It's something else I plan on working on in graduate school.

Is there anything you would like to learn more about Ancient Rome or the Romans?: I definitely need to learn more about the era of the Republic, as well as the late empire. During a lecture tour in Italy this summer, one about Cicero's life and times, I learned that the late Republic was quite full of characters and strong, colorful personalities. So I think I'll enjoy my future studies of it.


Anyway, that's me in a nutshell. I'm always interested in finding new people with whom to discuss the Romans!

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Does anyone else feel like this? [14 Aug 2009|11:18am]


This is a kind of rambling, musing rant I posted to my LJ, about my thoughts on Rome and on history in general...just wanted to know if anyone else feels like this. I'm learning about the Fall of the Roman Republic at school (from 78 BC-28 AD)
Mods, please feel free to delete if not relevant.

Oh, forgot to introduce myself: I'm Mistrali, I'm 17, and don't know any Latin. But...um, I'm interested in the aforementioned period in Roman history, mainly because:
a) It's the only period of Roman history I know anything about
b) I have an awesome and cynical teacher who brings all these people to life for me

But I would like to learn more about Ancient Rome, especially the beginning of the Republic, and will do so when I have the time (Year 12 final exams atm) :D

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Roman ship graveyard discovered [24 Jul 2009|01:21pm]

Five Roman shipwrecks have been discovered near Augustus' favorite place of exile the island of Pandateria.
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[23 Jul 2009|09:41pm]

[ mood | impressed ]


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The Great Semitic Revolts [23 Apr 2009|03:52pm]

From State of Exile:

Historically, the worst mistake the Jews ever made was revolting against the Roman empire. It's a comparison no one wants to make, but the Jews were the Muslims of the ancient world order: the only ones, by virtue of religious zealotry, not to accept Pax Romana. Nowadays the Muslims refuse to accept Pax Americana, and for the same kind of reasons as the Jews refused to accept Roman rule: fear of cultural assimilation (Hellenism, American popular culture), anger at corrupt client kings (Herod, the Saudi royal family) and offended religious sensibilities (Roman soldiers in Jerusalem, American soldiers in Arabia). The difference of course is that the Romans so crushed the fighting spirit of the Jews that they became virtual pacifists for the next millennia. Only in the twentieth century did the Jews regain enough martial spirit to take back Palestine (the name the Romans gave Judea after dispersing the Jews). Yet now the rules have changed and martial spirit doesn't prove national legitimacy, but detracts from it. The Jews, with precision timing, decided to embrace master morality precisely when slave morality began sweeping the globe.

If the Jews hadn't revolted against Rome there would have been no exile, no Palestine and quite possibly no Christianity, since the calamitous fall of Jerusalem bolstered Christian claims to be the true Israel and destroyed the base of the Jewish Christians who might have kept the breakaway cult within the fold. Yet Jewish nationalists still grovel before Masada, the symbolic representation of the biggest error the Jews ever made from a nationalist perspective. Paganism was great for the Jews. We weren't viewed as Christ-killers or infidels; just as one bizarre sect among many. What's wrong with a little Hellenistic influence? At least Pax Romana introduced its subject peoples to philosophy and the value of exercise. Pax Americana has introduced its subject peoples to reality television and the value of a double cheeseburger. The Muslim revolt is just as futile and bloody as Masada, but since America can't steamroll Mecca and put up a shopping mall like the Romans would have, it will go on for much longer. What is it about Semites that makes suicide seem like such a great form of resistance anyway?
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a question.... [01 Feb 2009|03:03pm]

I hope its relevant enough.

was there any other ancient culture that had entertainment of a similar form to the "games" ? 
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newbie [15 Jan 2009|05:27pm]

Name: - well I go by *filmsy* on Livejournal, thanks to my username :)

Age: 28

Location: England

Can you speak/read/write Latin? If so, how well?: no.

What interests you most about Ancient Rome or the Romans?:

- the Roman invasion and settling of Britian,
- how the "games" were used as a method of mass entertainment/ media/ people-control.

Is there anything you would like to learn more about Ancient Rome or the Romans?: more about the above

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new member introduction; [11 Dec 2008|09:09pm]

Name: Simone

Age: 20

Location: Denmark

Can you speak/read/write Latin? If so, how well?: I've had Latin classes for a couple of years and will continue my schooling in half a years time when I'm starting the obligatory Latin classes that come with theology. I read Latin fairly well and can write some Latin if... given enough time. My Latin teacher spoke the language fluently. Some day I hope to be able to copy her in that regard.

What interests you most about Ancient Rome or the Romans?: I'm very interested in the period right before Christianity became an established religion (still being viewed as an underground and periodically harmful sect) and until the fall of Rome. Besides that, mythology in general is what interests me most, along with gender roles and the status of homosexuality in religious and civil life.

Is there anything you would like to learn more about Ancient Rome or the Romans?: After having been to Rome this fall, I'd love to learn tons more about the architecture and city structure. It was just such an interesting experience walking among the ruins from centuries ago, really feeling the atmosphere of the ancient world.

~ S.
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3-d Ancient Rome by Google [13 Nov 2008|08:17am]

Yesterday I stumbled across an article on the BBC website about the latest addition to Google Earth, namely a three dimensional rendering of ancient Rome circa AD 320c courtesy of the Past Perfect program at the University of Virginia.

Well that did it, I finally had a reason to dowload Google Earth.

The 3-d renderings require some additional downloads once you get Google Earth up and running, but once you do it is well worth the wait.  I've been busy scoping out the Forum, The Capitol and the other sights.
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Macrons and breves... [09 Nov 2008|10:28am]

Just started a course on Catullus in the university, in which I need to type both of the above marks to denote long and short vowels.

How does one go about it in Microsoft Word, other than copying and pasting each character from the char. map?
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Place of Caligula's Assassination [18 Oct 2008|02:19pm]

[ mood | content ]


Among the complex of palaces on the Palatine Hill in Rome, archaelogists seem to have discovered the underground passage wherein Caligula was assassinated. I wonder whether places like this—Nero’s Domus Aurea, for instance—will be open for viewers to see when I visit the Eternal City, on the way to Pompeii and Herculaneum, in April?
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Also, Suetonius’s account Gais Caesar’s madness is substantiated by a team of young British archaelogists:

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Mary Beard's Sather Lectures [17 Oct 2008|01:02am]

Mary Beard's Sather lectures audio

The theme is Roman laughter and humour.
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