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  • Bureaucracy Kills: A Lesson from Rome

    01/25/2024 7:53:22 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education. ^ | January 1, 1963 | William Henry Chamberlin
    The greatest collapse of a mighty state, a large human so­ciety and a fruitful civilization of which we possess a reasonably ac­curate record, has been immortal­ized by Edward Gibbon’s histori­cal classic, The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire. Henry Adams remarked that Gibbon did not really explain the fall; but this criticism is not altogether just. As the following excerpts from The Decline and Fall show, the philosophic historian offered a number of reflections on the symp­toms and causes of the drama which he set out to describe: "This long peace and the uni­form government of the Romans introduced...
  • Why Aren’t the Arabs the ‘Colonizers’?

    01/13/2024 1:30:19 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 33 replies
    National Review (but still and all...) ^ | October 29, 2023 | Rich Lowry (I know)
    The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem sits atop the site of the Second Temple, the central place for Jewish worship before its destruction during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. One wonders if any of the people braying about the alleged “settler colonialism” of Israel ever wonder how Al-Aqsa got there. Did the Jews voluntarily erect a version of it in an eighth-century homage to multiculturalism? If not, how did the Muslims who built it come to be in Jerusalem in the first place? These are rhetorical questions, of course. The caliphate besieged Jerusalem...
  • 1,500-year-old gold buckles depicting ruler 'majestically sitting on a throne' discovered in Kazakhstan

    01/07/2024 4:57:10 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 2, 2024 | Tom Metcalfe
    The ornaments contain the earliest known depiction of a Göktürk "khagan," who probably lived in the sixth century.Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have discovered two gold ornaments in a 1,500-year-old tomb that feature the earliest known depictions of the great khan, or "khagan," of the Göktürks — a nomadic confederation of Turkic-speaking peoples who occupied the region for around three centuries, according to an archaeologist who excavated the site...The finds are from the Eleke Sazy site near Kazakhstan's remote eastern borders with China, Mongolia and Russian Siberia, where Samashev and his colleagues have worked since 2016.The sixth-century Göktürk tomb holds the remains...
  • Rare Medieval cemetery is unearthed near Cardiff containing 70 graves of 'high status' people buried in bizarre positions

    01/03/2024 8:13:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 3rd, 2024 | Wiliam Hunter
    What has been found at the site?·70 graves are estimated to have been dug into the bedrock.·There are two rings of perimeter ditches.·Of the 18 graves excavated, four contain crouching skeletons.·The researchers have also found fragments of glass from Bordeaux and pottery from North Africa.·They believe that they may find evidence of a church or monastic site.In particular, the archaeologists are interested in fragments of fine glass from Bordeaux and pottery that may have come from as far as North Africa.This suggests that the people buried in the cemetery were of a high status within society and that the site...
  • How the Byzantines Saved Civilization

    12/27/2023 4:48:34 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 26 Dec 2023 | Robert Spencer
    There was a book a few years ago entitled "How the Irish Saved Civilization," explaining how Irish monks preserved ancient manuscripts that became the basis for much of Western thought. To give credit where credit is due, however, it must also be acknowledged that when the classic works of ancient Greek thought that form the basis of Western philosophy, political thought, and even literature had vanished almost completely from Western Europe, they were brought there not just from Ireland, but from a place that many assume had vanished from the earth long before: the Roman Empire. If schoolchildren today pause...
  • Metal detectorist finds "very rare" ancient gold coin in Norway — over 1,600 miles away from its origin

    12/05/2023 12:14:36 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2023 / 12:01 PM EST | BY EMILY MAE CZACHOR
    A "very rare" ancient gold coin found recently in the mountains of central Norway could be lost cash that once belonged to an early monarch, according to Norwegian officials. The gold coin was discovered by a metal detectorist in Vestre Slidre, a rural city known for skiing, in Norway's south-central Innlandet County. Technically called "histamenon nomisma," the coin was first introduced around 960 C.E. and used as standard Byzantine currency, the Innlandet County Municipality said in a news release. That means the artifact would have traveled more than 1,600 miles from its origin site to the spot where it was...
  • One should never forget about the Persians ~ The Eternal Peace between the Roman Empire and Persia is broken after 8 years

    11/26/2023 11:51:13 AM PST · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 26, 2023 | Florentius
    When Justinian secured the so-called "Eternal Peace" with the Persians in AD 532 after the Battle of Daras, it is likely that he realized that the peace on his eastern frontier would not actually be perpetual. But he probably thought it would last longer that seven or eight years. In any event, the emperor made the most the respite, gathering his substantial forces from the east which had previously been on station to face down the Persian menace, and readying them for a thrust to the West. His first target was the Vandal Kingdom which had ruled Roman Africa for...
  • Four Unknown Shipwrecks Found [ Crete ]

    02/22/2012 8:08:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Athens News ^ | Monday, February 20, 2012 | AMNA
    Four previously unknown shipwrecks have been discovered some 30 kilometers off the Bay of Irakleio, Crete, in recent underwater exploration conducted by the ephorate of underwater antiquities. The new finds comprise two Roman era shipwrecks, one containing 1st and 2nd-century Cretan amphorae and the other containing 5th-7th century post-Roman era amphorae, and two shipwrecks containing Byzantine amphorae, dated from the 8th-9th century and later. The finds, which were made south and east of the Dia islet, which lies 7 nautical miles north of Irakleio, were documented and taken ashore for further analysis. Three more recent shipwrecks were also discovered, as...
  • Historic Gesture: Italy’s Move to Reunite Ancient Temple Treasures with Israel

    10/26/2023 9:10:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 41 replies ^ | 10/25/23 | Israfan
    In a heartening revelation, a prominent Italian parliamentarian has ignited excitement and hope by suggesting that Italy might hold certain ancient Temple vessels – and they wish to return them to their rightful home: Israel. The roots of these vessels date back to the destruction of the Second Temple, a pivotal event in Jewish history. Over the millennia, the fate of the Temple treasures became the stuff of legend, with many speculating their whereabouts. The Italian connection traces back to Rome’s conquest of Jerusalem in 70 CE, during which the Romans took many of the Temple’s artifacts. Historical and archeological...
  • Byzantine Abbey Identified in Black Sea Port City

    10/22/2023 9:40:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Archaeology mag news page ^ | October 17, 2023 | editors / unattributed
    The remains of a Byzantine abbey were identified during the excavation of several Roman tombs near the coast of the Black Sea, according to a Hurriyet Daily News report. “Through historical records, documents and insights gleaned from various travelers and explorers who mentioned specific details, we determined that this site was a [Christian] monastery church, an abbey, dedicated to Roman Emperor Constantine and his wife Helena,” said archaeologist Seçkin Evcim of Ordu University, who directs the project under the supervision of the Ordu Museum with the permission of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums of the Republic of...
  • Forgotten Ancient Structure Uncovered by Devastating Libyan Floods

    10/01/2023 9:12:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ARTnews ^ | September 28, 2023 | Tessa Solomon
    Recent floods in Libya have uncovered long-buried archaeological structures in an ancient Greek settlement outside the devastated city of Derna. The magnitude of the catastrophe, however, is impeding preservation efforts.Local authorities discovered the structure while surveying the damage to Cyrene, a Greek city founded in 631 BCE. Cyrene thrived in the fourth century BCE as a center for agricultural and commercial activity, and holds several ancient landmarks such as a temples dedicated to Zeus and Apollo, respectively.But Cyrene is now in dire need of aid after an aging dam burst earlier this month near Derna, unleashing a torrent of water...
  • Caught in the crosshairs: Libya's archeological patrimony [gallery]

    03/04/2011 6:05:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    SeeBS ^ | March 4, 2011 | unattributed
    The country has been a rich cross-cultural legacy. In the accompanying photo, an image of ancient Cyrene. Founded by the Greeks in the 4th Century BC, Cyrene became a World Heritage Site in 1982. And for good reason: One of the main capitals of the Hellenistic era, it retained its greatness throughout the Roman era until it suffered a devastating earthquake 365 AD.
  • Italians Discover Hoard Of Roman Statues (Libya)

    06/11/2005 12:26:46 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 857+ views
    The Art Newspaper ^ | 6-11-2005 | Edek Osser
    Italians discover hoard of Roman statuesThe works have been protected by a temple wall which collapsed during an earthquake 1,600 years ago By Edek Osser CYRENE. An Italian team of archaeologists has discovered 76 intact Roman statues at Cyrene in Libya. The discovery is remarkable because the site, once a thriving Greek and then Roman settlement, has been under excavation for the last 150 years. With a nearby coastal port, Apollonia, serving it, Cyrene was once a conurbation equivalent to Alexandria, Carthage and Leptis Magna. An important Dorian colony, founded by Greek settlers from the island of Thera in 631...
  • Building the Walls of Constantinople

    09/20/2023 7:45:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 15, 2023 | Garrett Ryan, Ph.D as toldinstone
    Building the Walls of Constantinople | 11:35toldinstone | 421K subscribers | 79,760 views | September 15, 2023
  • The colourful Twitter history of Palestine (Stealing Jewish-Palestine history 1920s-1930s as if it was "arab")

    08/01/2023 6:04:08 PM PDT · by Freeleesy · 48 replies
    David Collier ^ | Aug 1, 2023
    anti-Zionism, antisemitism, BDS, Conflict history, Media Bias, The I/P conflictThe colourful Twitter history of PalestineSocial media sites such as Twitter portray a wonderful history of a state called Palestine – but first let us quickly remember the truth.The historical facts:For the Islamic world, the area of 19th century Southern Syria was a sparsely populated forgotten backwater with rival clans and nomadic tribes presenting a hazardous obstacle for every trip. The weakening of the occupying power (the Ottoman Empire) and growing global trade – resurrected European interest. It was Christian travellers recognising this area as their ‘Holy Land’ that put an...
  • Enigmatic Anglo-Saxon ivory rings discovered in elite burials came from African elephants 4,000 miles away

    07/15/2023 7:24:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | late June 2023 | Tom Metcalfe
    Enigmatic "ivory rings" found in dozens of Anglo-Saxon burials in England have long baffled archaeologists, who weren't sure of the rings' origin and which animal they came from — elephants, walruses or mammoths. But now, scientific techniques have revealed that these rings likely came from African elephants living about 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) away, a new study finds.The finding indicates a trading network brought the objects from eastern Africa and across post-Roman Europe to England...The researchers analyzed one of seven so-called "bag rings" found in graves at an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery, dated to between the late fifth and early sixth...
  • Rome Strikes Back: Belisarius and the Wars of Justinian (ALL PARTS)

    07/04/2023 1:23:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 15, 2022 | Epic History TV
    In the 6th century AD, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, the Roman Empire experienced an extraordinary resurgence, reconquering lands - including Italy, North Africa and Rome itself - that had been lost to the 'barbarians' a century before. Leading these campaigns, a brilliant Roman general named Flavius Belisarius - a skilled tactician, inspirational leader, pragmatic and humane. This is the story of those campaigns, as recorded by Procopius, an eyewitness to many of them, as well as other ancient historians, texts, and archaeological remains. Rome Strikes Back: Belisarius and the Wars of Justinian (ALL PARTS) | 2:14:46Epic History TV...
  • Turks Enraged as Reveals the Truth: Most of Them Are Greeks

    06/13/2021 12:52:23 PM PDT · by euram · 60 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 10, 2021 | Robert Spencer
    The Turkish DNA Project, an online endeavor to track Turkish genetics, is enraged at the popular genealogy site and has called for it to be boycotted for stating an inconvenient truth: many, and possibly most, modern Turks are the descendants of the Greeks who once formed the overwhelming majority of the population of the land that is now Turkey. In this as in so many other instances, the truth hurts, but that doesn’t make it any less the truth.
  • Searching for the Lost Biblical City of Bethsaida

    06/25/2023 3:06:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | June 25, 2023 | Patricia Claus
    Israeli archaeologists recently found two areas which might have been part of the ancient city of Bethsaida, which was mentioned prominently in the Bible. A Byzantine church may be the missing link needed to establish one of them as the city where two apostles were born. The areas have both Byzantine as well as Roman ruins from the eras through which the city flourished. What the researchers call “Area A” at El-Araj has the remains of the southern, western, and northern walls of the Byzantine-era Church of the Apostles. Also in that same area are the remains from the Roman...
  • Turkish man knocked down basement wall to find 2,000-year-old underground city — after chasing his chickens through a hole

    06/15/2023 6:54:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2023 | Katherine Donlevy
    A Turkish homeowner chasing his chickens through a hole in his basement during renovations came across an abandoned underground Turkish city that once housed 20,000 people. ... the ancient city of Elengubu, known today as Derinkuyu. Derinkuyu, burrowed more than 280 feet beneath the Central Anatolian region of Cappadocia, is the largest excavated underground city in the world and is believed to connect to more than 200 smaller, separate underground cities ... Inside the subterranean city — whose entrances connect to more than 600 private homes in the modern, surface-level region of Cappadocia — researchers found 18 levels of tunnels...