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The Autumnal Equinox: Astronomy in Rome Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

This picture was taken the 23th September 2011 Equinox at 7:21 am. It shows how the sun projects a exact linear shade at equatorial line. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! We’re now officially into Fall! So let’s take a closer look at the Latin and Classical History behind the Autumnal Equinox. The Equinox You may have heard that the first day of Fall is marked by the “equinox” at some point in your life, you may have learned what it was, but then…

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Being an Actor in Ancient Rome Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Roman mosaic depicting actors and an aulos player (House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii) (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Salvete Omnes! After the Emmy’s this weekend, where we have seen actors and actresses honored and pampered, so we’re gonna be looking at the life of actors in Ancient Rome and just how different it was for them. Ancient Roman plays were almost always performed during ludi (“games”). Because the Ancient Romans did not have…

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Seal Your Fate, the Ides of September! Posted by on Sep 13, 2016

Roman era wrought iron nail. Courtesy of Wkimedia Commons.

Salve Omnetes! I hope everyone is settling into September well enough. This week we are going to further explore another interesting day in the Ancient Roman September. Along the way we will learn some new vocabulary, as well! The 13th of September was marked by yet another feast as well as a peculiar ritual the…

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September as the Romans Saw It: Agriculture and Art Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Two men crushing grapes on the September panel from the 3rd-century mosaic of the months at El Djem, Tunisia (Roman Africa):[1] the vintage is a characteristic activity of the month in Roman art. Courtesy of Ad Meskens and Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! I hope everyone is well! Let us welcome in the new month with a look at how the Ancient Romans thought of the month of September in iconography and agricultural practice. September was a momentous month for the Ancient Romans. As Summer was leaving and the temperatures dropped there might have been a certain…

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How Ancient Romans Beat the Heat Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

"Day Dreams" by John William Waterhouse. (1879). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! As we are reaching the last month of Summer, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, we might be seeing a few more heatwaves. So let’s see how the Ancient Romans stayed cool in the summer before air conditioning and electric fans. Simply staying out of the sun can keep you from overheating on a…

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