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Ancient Vesuvius Scrolls Read with X-Ray Posted by on Mar 31, 2016


In the recent news, scientist and historians are working together to attempt to read some the ancient scrolls preserved by Vesuvius. For those of you who do not know the story of Pompeii and Herculaneum: Check out some previous blogs (here and here)! So, for the short and sweet version, two entire cities were well…

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Julius Caesar: Father of the Leap Year Posted by on Mar 2, 2016


First and foremost, hello everyone and Happy Leap Year! Julius Caesar was behind the origin of leap year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year- a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. TALK ABOUT CONFUSING! The calendar…

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The Fugalia Festival Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

Tarquinius Superbus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, depicting the king receiving a laurel; the poppies in the foreground refer to the "tall poppy" allegory (see below)

Festival Time!!!!! In ancient Roman religion, Regifugium or Fugalia (“King’s Flight”) was an annual observance that took place every February 24. The Romans themselves offer varying views on the meaning of the day. According to Varro and Ovid, the festival commemorated the flight of the last king of Rome, ,[ Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (died 495 BC) was the legendary seventh and final king of Rome, reigning from 535…

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Ancient Dentistry: Do you really want to know? Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

Ancient Roman bas-relief of a dentist examining a patient, A Profile of Ancient Rome. A Getty Publication.

Salvete Omnes (Hello Everyone!), I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and chocolate! But, I wonder how many  of us overindulged on the candy and sweets? DISCLAIMER: THIS POST WILL FEATURE EXAMPLES OF ANCIENT DENTISTRY. IMAGES MAY NOT BE SUITED FOR EVERYONE. So I was hoping as a contrast to my…

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Roman Love Deities to Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

Pompeiian fresco of Peitho (left) taking Eros to Venus and Anteros, circa 25 BCE, Naples National Museum.

Salvete Omnes, Well for many of you know that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. So this post will obviously be Valentine’s Day themed. If you are lucky enough to have a special someone in your life, I would recommend you check out some of the following posts: How to write a love…

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