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  • 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...
  • Five Things They Don’t Tell You about Slavery

    09/05/2019 12:12:35 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | September 4, 2019 | Rich Lowry
    A sign commemorating the arrival of the first Africans is displayed at Chesapeake Bay, in Hampton, Va., August 24, 2019. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters) It didn’t begin or end in the United States. The same people most obsessed with slavery seem to have little interest in the full scope of its history. There has been an effort for decades now — although with new momentum lately, as exemplified by the New York Times’ 1619 project — to identify the United States and its founding with slavery. To the extent that this campaign excavates uncomfortable truths about our history and underlines...
  • The Fall of Rome - Are There Lessons We Can Learn?

    09/04/2019 1:32:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 04, 2019 | Bill Federer
    GREAT WALL OF CHINA By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of displaced tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire. OPEN BORDERS Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals, as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders. Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization (Vol. 3-Caesar and Christ, Simon...
  • Incredibly rare Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race for a Greek princess

    09/02/2019 9:47:48 AM PDT · by mairdie · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 September 2019 | Harry Howard
    A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. The 1,600-year-old mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only fully uncovered recently, is one of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. It depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, who is racing to win the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia. ... The mosaic will now be covered over once more to protect it and to allow...
  • Spectacular collision of suns will create new star in night sky in 2022

    01/06/2017 10:13:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | 6 January 2017 • 4:15pm | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    At the beginning of the 3rd century civil war raged in Britain as the Roman emperor Septimius Severus sought to quell unrest in the north. But unknown to the fighting cohorts and Caledonian tribes, high above their heads two stars were coming together in a huge cataclysmic explosion. Now 1800 years later the light from that collision will finally arrive on Earth creating a new star in the night sky - dubbed the ‘Boom Star - in an incredibly rare event which is usually only spotted through telescopes. Before their meeting the two stars were too dim to be seen...
  • Gold Coins Of Rebel British Emperor Uncovered

    03/25/2008 2:21:21 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 785+ views
    Gold coins of rebel British Emperor uncovered Two rare gold coins of the rebel Roman emperor Carausius have been discovered on a construction site in the Midlands. Gold coins of Carausius are extremely rare. Only 23 are known, and the last was found as long ago as 1975 in Hampshire. Carausius was a Menapian (an ancient Belgian) who commanded the British Fleet (Classis Britannica) operating in the English Channel and the North Sea in the AD 280s. Carausius fell out with reigning emperors Diocletian and Maximian. Hostile sources have it that he was lining his own pocket with plunder recovered...
  • The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

    08/26/2019 7:32:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    History Net ^ | 16 March 2011 | Dr Miles Russel
    The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss 16 March 2011 The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border, asks archaeologist Dr Miles Russell, of Bournemouth University. One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. The theory that 5,000 of Rome's finest soldiers were lost in the swirling mists of Caledonia, as they marched north to put down a rebellion, forms the basis of a new film, The Eagle, but how much of it is true? It is...
  • Eugenius takes the throne, AD 392 ~ The Really, Truly Last Pagan Emperor of Rome...Maybe

    08/22/2019 9:41:59 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 13 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | August 22, 2019 | Florentius
    On August 22, AD 392, an unlikely man was raised to the imperial purple of the Western Roman Empire. His name was Eugenius and for most of his career up to that point, he had been an academic serving the Western imperial court. The pagan historian Zosimus, writing in the early 6th century AD, describes Eugenius’s early career and his path to power: There was in the court a person named Eugenius, a man of learning, who was a professor and teacher of rhetoric. He had been recommended to the notice of Arbogastes by Rictomeris as a person of a...
  • Defending CONSTANTINE: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

    08/18/2019 3:56:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Amazon ^ | Sep 2010 | Peter Leithart
    There have been of late a splurge of populist history books damning Constantine the Great as the villain of the piece. Almost without exception they have drawn their picture of this most complex and complicated of late-antique Roman emperors from secondhand, clichéd and hackneyed books of an older generation, adding their own clichés in the process. Constantine has been sketched luridly, as the man who corrupted Christianity either by financial or military means. At long last we have here, in Peter Leithart, a writer who knows how to tell a lively story but is also no mean shakes as a...
  • The deeds of Saint Helena, as described by Eusebius a few years after her death

    08/18/2019 6:54:41 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 13 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | Florentius
    Today, August 18, is the feast of Saint Helena Augusta, mother of Constantine the Great. A long lived and active woman, even in her old age, Saint Helena died ca. AD 330 and was greatly mourned by her son. Please enjoy this short video taken from The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine, written about the year AD 340 by the bishop Eusebius Pamphilus, detailing some of the works of Saint Helena. It also includes some lovely images of Helena and her son from antiquity and later art. St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, as described by 4th Century historian...
  • The Unconquerable Ricimer Dies ~ August 18, AD 472

    08/17/2019 10:57:35 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 12 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | August 17, 2019 | Florentius
    On August 18, in anno Domini 472, the powerful generalissimo of the Western Roman Empire, Ricimer, passed from this life. A barbarian of noble birth, half Visigothic and half Suevian, Ricimer first appears in history as a soldier in the Western Roman army under the command of Flavius Aetius. It is in this capacity that he became allied with Majorian, another follower of Aetius. Both men, it seems, participated in the campaigns of Aetius against the Franks, though Majorian later had a falling out with the great commander prior to his famous victory over Attila. After the assassination of Aetius...
  • Pompeii snack bar re-opens...nearly 2000 years after it was destroyed by eruption of Mt Vesuvius

    03/20/2010 12:08:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 967+ views ^ | March 20, 2010 | Rhianna King
    In AD79 it was Pompeii's most popular hang out, where locals would stop off to meet friends and partake in a snack of baked cheese smothered in honey. Now, nearly 2000 years after the Italian city was buried under ash and rubble by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius, its favourite snack bar has re-opened. For the first time the thermopolium, as it is called in Italy, will be open to tourists after having undergone and excavation and restoration process over the past few months. Tomorrow 300 VIPs selected at random will attend an advance opening of the snack bar...
  • Pompeii archaeologists uncover 'sorcerer's treasure trove'

    08/12/2019 2:05:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies ^ | 8/12/19 | BBC
    Archaeologists working in the buried Roman city of Pompeii say they have uncovered a "sorcerer's treasure trove" of artefacts, including good-luck charms, mirrors and glass beads. A room with the bodies of 10 victims, including women and children, was excavated in the same house. Pompeii was engulfed by a volcanic eruption from Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. The fatal eruption froze the city and its residents in time, making it a rich source for archaeologists. The trove was found in what remained of a wooden box. The wood itself had decomposed and only the bronze hinges remained, preserved by the...